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Health Aff (Millwood). 2010 Apr;29(4):712-7. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2009.1113. Epub 2010 Mar 2.

Specialized care of overweight children in community health centers.

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Boston Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Shikha.Anand@bmc.org

Abstract

We have developed a new approach to child obesity that supports the delivery of so-called secondary care-referral-based specialized visits-by primary care teams within community health centers. The Healthy Weight Clinic reorganizes care to provide access to a trained team consisting of a pediatric provider, nutritionist, and case manager during dedicated weight management visits. Our model improves obesity care by promoting local specialization and increasing capacity for specialized care; building multidisciplinary teams within primary care; focusing on health behavior change as a critical determinant of chronic disease outcomes; and using health information technology to promote high-quality care.

PMID:
20197305
DOI:
10.1377/hlthaff.2009.1113
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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