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Slide Presentation of the 2007 Annual Meeting of AHRQ

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Childhood Obesity: Challenges to Measuring Quality of Care

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    • Recognition of elevated BMI
    • Counseling on diet and exercise
    • Periodic follow-up
    • Assessing symptom progress


    • BMI < 85th percentile


    The best measures for quality of care are clinical outcomes. When those are difficult to measure accurately, process measures that have a proven association with outcome measures are used. Process measures include elements of diagnosis, treatment, and management. For obesity, the processes recognition of elevated BMI, counseling on diet and exercise, and frequent follow up are linked to improved clinical outcome of lowered BMI.

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