Date of Award
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Dr. Cheryl Giefer
Dr. Barbara McClaskey
Dr. Greg Belcher
INCORPORATING WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE SCREENINGS TO INITIATE PREVENTATIVE LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION EDUCATION: A FEASIBILITY PILOT STUDY FOR A CLINICAL PRACTICE CHANGE
An Abstract of the Scholarly Project by
Tracy Stahl MSN, FNP-C
The purpose of this study was to evaluate provider perceptions and willingness to incorporate adult gender-specific waist circumference screenings as a clinical practice change. The project was conducted at the 4-State Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) conference in March 2018. The study consisted of a two-part study that utilized a pretest, educational PowerPoint presentation, posttest, and eight-week posttest to determine self-reported provider practices. Part one of the study analyzed the pretest and posttest to evaluate whether there was an increase in the providers’ knowledge of BMI and gender-specific waist circumference parameters. Part two of the study analyzed the pretest and eight-week posttest to determine current practices and whether there was a change in the self-reported provider practices to incorporate waist circumferences screenings. The theme of the project was to evaluate the provider’s current practices of diagnosing overweight and obese patients, determine the provider’s awareness of gender-specific waist circumferences increasing risk for developing weight-related comorbidities, and determine if the provider increased preventative lifestyle modification education following the educational presentation. The conclusion of the study revealed an increase in the providers’ knowledge of BMI parameters and an increase in knowledge of gender-specific waist circumferences but did not identify a change in provider practices to incorporate waist circumference screenings as a clinical practice change.
Stahl, Tracy, "INCORPORATING WAIST CIRCUMFERENCE SCREENINGS TO INITIATE PREVENTATIVE LIFESTYLE MODIFICATION EDUCATION: A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR A CLINICAL PRACTICE CHANGE" (2018). Doctor of Nursing Practice. 18.