Translation of obesity practice guidelines: Measurement and evaluation

Kristin J. Erickson, Karen A Monsen, Ingrid S. Attleson, David M. Radosevich, Gary Oftedahl, Claire Neely, Diane R. Thorson

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Objective(s): A public health nurse (PHN) in the Midwestern United States (U.S.) led a collaborative system-level intervention to translate the Institute of Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) Adult Obesity Guideline into interprofessional practice. This study (1) evaluated the extent of guideline translation across organizations and (2) assessed the Omaha System as a method for translating system-level interventions and measuring outcomes. Design and Sample: This retrospective, mixed methods study was conducted with a purposeful sample of one administrator (n = 10) and two to three clinicians (n = 29) from each organization (n = 10). Measures: Omaha System Problem Rating Scale for Outcomes Knowledge, Behavior, and Status (KBS). KBS ratings gathered from semi-structured interviews and Omaha System documentation were analyzed using standard descriptive and inferential statistics and triangulated findings with participant quotes. Results: KBS ratings and participant quotes revealed intervention effectiveness in creating sustained system-level changes. Self-reported and observed KBS ratings demonstrated improvement across organizations. There was moderate to substantial agreement regarding benchmark attainment within organizations. On average, self-reported improvement exceeded observer improvement. Conclusions: System-level PHN practice facilitator interventions successfully translated clinical obesity guidelines into interprofessional use in health care organizations. The Omaha System Problem Rating Scale for Outcomes reliably measured system-level outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-231
Number of pages10
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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  • Adult
  • Health care reform
  • Health promotion
  • Obesity
  • Omaha system
  • Practice guidelines as topic
  • Primary health care
  • Program evaluation
  • Public health practice
  • Public-private sector partnerships
  • Standardized terminology


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