258697 Evaluation of a web-based adult obesity management tool kit to support population-based PHN practice at the individual, community, and system levels

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Debra Eardley, MS, RN, PHN , School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Mpls, MN
Karen A. Monsen, PhD RN , School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Obesity is a national epidemic across all jurisdictions and demographic groups. Researchers recommend standardizing adult obesity management (AOM) as a systematic approach to addressing the problem, as well as implementing obesity prevention measures at the community level. Methods are needed to disseminate evidence-based practice to PHNs in order to extend the reach of evidence-based obesity prevention and management at individual, community, and system levels. The short term goal of our research is to increase PHN knowledge and use of evidence based OAM. Our long term goal is to reduce adult obesity rates and improve population health.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate a standardized web-based AOM toolkit for disseminating evidence based AOM interventions to PHNs. The tool kit provides evidence-based care plans derived from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, educational tutorials and resources for adoption, and Omaha System care plans to support implementation of PHN interventions at individual and community levels. Invitations to participate in using and evaluating the impact of the AOM tool kit were disseminated to more than 5000 individuals electronically through list serves and personal invitations. Participants included public health practitioners, health care providers and nurse educators.


The data collection phase of this study will be completed in April 2012. Preliminary results demonstrate the need for increased support for PHNs to implement evidence-based AOM interventions.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Communication and informatics
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related nursing
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1.Participants will identify the effects of evidence-based obesity interventions on health status. 2.Participants will describe a clinical pathway for reducing obesity at systems level: individual and community.

Keywords: Evidence Based Practice, Obesity

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author on the content I am responsible for because I am a doctorate of nurse practice student, public health nurse, nurse educator and health promotion consultant. My area of expertise remains in the US adult obesity epidemic, and Omaha System evidence-based standardized care plans, i.e. technology-enabled, to be used at population-levels. My doctorate project is evaluating a web-based adult obesity management toolkit at system levels.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.