The regular documentation of anthropometric data in an electronic medical record (EMR) is one tracking method used by primary care providers to follow the growth trajectory and development of children in their health care practices. EMR reminders have been proposed as a method to increase recording of pediatric height and weight by primary care providers, leading to potentially better detection and management of children classified as overweight or obese. The aim of this pre–post study was to improve a Family Health Team’s physician documentation of pediatric height and weight through the implementation of an EMR reminder alert tool. The documentation rate for children 4–7 years old in the 6 months before intervention was 36% of children seen. After implementation of EMR reminder alerts, primary care physicians’ documentation rate rose to 45% (9% increase; P < 0.01), but it was below the 15% target increase. Better documentation of pediatric height and weight by family physicians is needed to improve monitoring of children’s growth trajectories. Additional strategies to increase documentation rates are needed.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research|
|State||Published - Dec 2018|