Electronic health record (EHR) screening for sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake may be a novel intervention for reducing SSB intake in children, and would result in longitudinal databases of individual-level consumption that could enhance the ability the evaluate local or regional SSB policies. This study aims to: 1) implement and evaluate the uptake of a single point-of-care SSB screening question using the EHR in a large health system in North Carolina for children 6 months through 17 years old; and 2) evaluate the validity and utility of an SSB screening measure for observational research by studying the accuracy of the EHR measure and its correlation with body mass index (BMI) z-score over a 12 month period. This study will take place in seven pediatric and family medicine practices affiliated with the Wake Forest Baptist Health system. All practices use the same integrated EHR and serve a diverse population of over 24,000 children from the Piedmont and Appalachian regions of North Carolina.
Studying the Novel Approach of Using Electronic Health Records From Pediatric Primary Care to Measure Children’s Consumption of Sugary Beverages
Assessing the Implementation of Kids’ Meals Healthy Default Beverage Policies in the State of California and City of Wilmington, Del.
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Stories of Success: A Qualitative Examination of Contributors to Excellence in School Drinking Water Access
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