Quality improvement in childhood obesity management through the maintenance of certification process

J Pediatr. 2013 Nov;163(5):1313-6.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2013.05.011. Epub 2013 Jun 27.


Objective: To assess the Health and Obesity: Prevention and Education (HOPE) Curriculum Project, a web-based clinician education program that promotes appropriate screening, prevention, and management of weight among youth by pediatric practitioners, based on the 2007 Expert Committee recommendations. The project currently provides Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 4 credit through the American Board of Pediatrics.

Study design: Participants identified themselves to the HOPE MOC Part 4 program. Enrollees were required to complete all continuing medical education modules (10.5 hours). Knowledge acquisition and self-reported confidence levels related to screening, prevention, and management practices of pediatric obesity were measured using preknowledge and postknowledge questionnaires. Participants were also required to perform a quality improvement project and submit practice performance data from repeated medical chart reviews over time. Knowledge acquisition, self-efficacy, and practice performance data were analyzed using repeated-measures analyses.

Results: The 51 participants demonstrated significant improvements in knowledge acquisition and self-efficacy scores after viewing individual modules. In addition, participants demonstrated significant improvements in measured clinical compliance with recommended practices over time.

Conclusions: Participation in the HOPE MOC Part 4 program appeared to improve knowledge acquisition, self-efficacy, and physician compliance with recommended practice recommendations for the screening, prevention, and management of pediatric obesity. Further data are required to determine whether such practice-based improvements translate into actual reduction in patient weight and/or reduction in health-related costs related to overweight and obesity in youth.

Keywords: ABP; American Board of Pediatrics; HOPE; Health and Obesity: Prevention and Education; MOC; Maintenance of Certification; QI; Quality improvement.

MeSH terms

  • Certification / standards
  • Child
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Internship and Residency
  • Male
  • Pediatric Obesity / prevention & control*
  • Pediatric Obesity / therapy*
  • Pediatrics / education
  • Pediatrics / standards*
  • Quality Improvement
  • Societies, Medical
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States