Impact of Electronic Health Record Clinical Decision Support on the Management of Pediatric Obesity

Ulfat Shaikh, Jeanette Berrong, Jasmine Nettiksimmons, Robert S Byrd

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Clinicians vary significantly in their adherence to clinical guidelines for overweight/obesity. This study assessed the impact of electronic health record–based clinical decision support in improving the diagnosis and management of pediatric obesity. The study team programmed a point-of-care alert linked to a checklist and standardized documentation templates to appear during health maintenance visits for overweight/obese children in an outpatient teaching clinic and compared outcomes through medical record reviews of 574 (287 control and 287 intervention) visits. The results demonstrated a statistically significant increase in the diagnosis of overweight/obesity, scheduling of follow-up appointments, frequency of ordering recommended laboratory investigations, and assessment and counseling for nutrition and physical activity. Although clinical guideline adherence increased significantly, it was far from universal. It is unknown if modest improvements in adherence to clinical guidelines translate to improvements in children’s health. However, this intervention was relatively easy to implement and produced measurable improvements in health care delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-80
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 21 2015


  • adolescent
  • child
  • decision-support system
  • medical informatics
  • obesity
  • quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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