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Facilitating Factors and Barriers to BMI Screening in Schools
The Journal of School Nursing
  • Ann M. Stalter, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Rosemary V. Chaudry
  • Barbara J. Polivka
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Abstract
The National Association of School Nurses advocates for body mass index (BMI) screening. Little research describes school nurse practice of BMI screening. In this descriptive study, 25 Ohio school nurses participated in three focus groups. An adapted Healthy People 2010 Determinants of Health Model guided the research questions. School nurses engaged in multiphasic data collection which was contingent on physical environment, workload, and referrals. Lack of system policy was key barrier in terms of data collection, referral, and follow-up. A key facilitating factor was physical education teachers in terms of reinforcing health. School size and privacy were components of school physical environment that influenced screening. Recommendations on securing adequate resources are presented. Implications for policy included a salient need for reduced SN workload.
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DOI
10.1177/1059840510368524
Citation Information
Ann M. Stalter, Rosemary V. Chaudry and Barbara J. Polivka. "Facilitating Factors and Barriers to BMI Screening in Schools" The Journal of School Nursing Vol. 26 Iss. 4 (2010) p. 320 - 330 ISSN: 10598405
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ann_stalter/6/