Background

Multidisciplinary pediatric obesity clinics have been developed based on expert treatment recommendations. However, due to demand and time and space limitations patients are not able to be seen as often as recommended. The purpose of this project is to describe the development and initial implementation of a remote patient monitoring system (RPMS) to enhance care provided in an outpatient multidisciplinary pediatric obesity clinic.

Methods

Remote patient monitoring results in improved health and reduced health care costs in adults but has not been evaluated in pediatric obesity. We will use an open trial design to examine the initial feasibility of a RPMS with youth attending a multidisciplinary obesity clinic. Patients 8 to 17 years of age receiving care in the clinic will participate. Patients will receive the RPMS for three months and will complete pre-treatment, post-treatment, and three month follow-up assessments. Clinical data from patient’s medical charts will be extracted. Differences in health behaviors and medical outcomes will be examined. Participants will also complete treatment satisfaction questionnaires and measures of engagement with the RPMS to quantify feasibility.

Results

The aims and hypothesis are to: (1) Assess initial feasibility and satisfaction of implementing a RPMS with children attending a multidisciplinary obesity clinic and (2) Examine initial efficacy of using the RPMS for three months in youth attending a multidisciplinary obesity clinic. Further description of the RPMS and preliminary results from the open trial will be presented at ObesityWeek 2019.

Conclusions

We will review the initial development and implementation of a RPMS in a multidisciplinary pediatric obesity clinic. Preliminary results will be available for presentation and discussion at ObesityWeek 2019. We expect remote patient monitoring to be a promising addition to clinical treatment for pediatric obesity.