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Communication Aids Fuel Patient Education, Health Goal-Setting

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March 22, 2017 – Patient-provider communication and education tools are helpful in nudging parents to identify and understand their child’s health needs when issues would otherwise go unacknowledged, shows a study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Communication tools such as pictorial and instructional flash cards can help parents of overweight or obese children identify these health concerns, researchers noted. This is something that is difficult to facilitate in the primary care visit.

Parents, pediatric patients, and their providers often face four challenges barring them from properly addressing weight concerns:

Clinicians don’t spend enough time talking about body mass index (BMI) Parents have skewed perceptions about their child’s weight and BMI Parents are accepting of a poor BMI diagnosis Parents,

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