The establishment of a pilot paediatric obesity clinic at the University Hospital, Limerick

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/581645
Title:
The establishment of a pilot paediatric obesity clinic at the University Hospital, Limerick
Authors:
Dowd, K; Murphy, AM; Scully, P; Letshwiti, JB; O Gorman, C
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal (IMJ)
Journal:
Irish Medical Journal (IMJ)
Issue Date:
Oct-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/581645
Abstract:
This study describes the establishment of a pilot Paediatric Obesity Clinic (POC) in the University Hospital Limerick (UHL). Referrals were received from consultant paediatricians in the catchment areas of UHL for paediatric patients with high levels of excess adiposity. Fifteen patients and their families were invited to the POC in 2012. An initial medical assessment was conducted by 2 consultant paediatricians. Patients were also reviewed by a dietitian, a physiotherapist and physical activity experts from local Sports Partnerships. Twelve children and their families attended the POC (mean age=8.08 years; Range=3.6-13.6): 11/12 were overweight and 9/12 were obese. Abnormalities in blood work were detected as follows: 1/7 had elevated LDL-cholesterol; 2/8 had elevated triglyceride levels; 4/8 had elevated fasting insulin; 2/8 had elevated fasting glucose. With the current prevalence of obesity in paediatric populations, initiatives such as UHLâ s POC need to be established, funded and supported, to try to meet complex, multidisciplinary patient needs and to prevent future complex and expensive health complications.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
CHILD HEALTH; OBESITY

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDowd, Ken
dc.contributor.authorMurphy, AMen
dc.contributor.authorScully, Pen
dc.contributor.authorLetshwiti, JBen
dc.contributor.authorO Gorman, Cen
dc.date.accessioned2015-11-03T16:44:49Zen
dc.date.available2015-11-03T16:44:49Zen
dc.date.issued2015-10en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/581645en
dc.description.abstractThis study describes the establishment of a pilot Paediatric Obesity Clinic (POC) in the University Hospital Limerick (UHL). Referrals were received from consultant paediatricians in the catchment areas of UHL for paediatric patients with high levels of excess adiposity. Fifteen patients and their families were invited to the POC in 2012. An initial medical assessment was conducted by 2 consultant paediatricians. Patients were also reviewed by a dietitian, a physiotherapist and physical activity experts from local Sports Partnerships. Twelve children and their families attended the POC (mean age=8.08 years; Range=3.6-13.6): 11/12 were overweight and 9/12 were obese. Abnormalities in blood work were detected as follows: 1/7 had elevated LDL-cholesterol; 2/8 had elevated triglyceride levels; 4/8 had elevated fasting insulin; 2/8 had elevated fasting glucose. With the current prevalence of obesity in paediatric populations, initiatives such as UHLâ s POC need to be established, funded and supported, to try to meet complex, multidisciplinary patient needs and to prevent future complex and expensive health complications.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en
dc.subjectCHILD HEALTHen
dc.subjectOBESITYen
dc.titleThe establishment of a pilot paediatric obesity clinic at the University Hospital, Limericken
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceMunsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
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