Self-efficacy and knowledge of nurse practitioners to prevent pediatric obesity

Karen Lee Hessler

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This study focuses on how an online continuing education program could affect nurse practitioner knowledge about prevention of pediatric obesity and self-efficacy to prevent pediatric obesity in the primary care setting. Three hundred fifty-four nurse practitioner participants completed an online survey and continuing education offering from across the United States. A statistically significant increase in both knowledge and self-efficacy were found when comparing pre- to posttest survey responses. This study shows that increased knowledge about how to prevent pediatric obesity may increase self-efficacy of nurse practitioners to implement prevention education for children and their parents within the primary care setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-408
Number of pages7
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Education
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Pediatric obesity
  • Prevention
  • Self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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