DNP alumna Ariella Jolly, Anne Derouin, Valerie Sabol and colleagues recently published an article entitled "Protocol for Treating Obese Pediatric Patients" in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. Zach Wachtl is a co-author of the article.
This quality improvement project standardized screening and treatment of overweight and obese pediatric patients at a community health center and the application of a treatment algorithm. Providers demonstrated an increase in knowledge and reported increased confidence to screen and treat overweight and obese pediatric patients. By standardizing the community health center’s practice, providers were more confident, and pediatric patients and families were more likely to decrease their weight or body mass index percentile.