July 9, 2018

A physician-led team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has built a screening tool for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) in the electronic health record (EHR). The screener loads automatically as a best practice alert for children 6 months through 17 years of age. It repeats at 90-day intervals, so most children are "screened" more than once per year. The question asks about usual SSB consumption frequency, and response choices are standardized ranging from "Never" up to "4 or more per day."

The bar graph shows the frequency of SSB/100% fruit juice consumption in last month as reported in EHR for 22,626 pediatric patients at Wake Forest Baptist. Click to read more about the implementation and uptake of the screener. The link between EHR-reported SSB consumption and child weight status is the next focus for the research team.

Caregivers of children who screen “high,” either consuming more than one serving of fruit juice or any reported amount of sugary drinks per day, receive ed...

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