Dyslipidemia Screening of 9- to 11-Year-Olds at Well-Child Visits by Utah Pediatricians

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In 2011, an expert National Institutes of Health panel published the “Integrated Guidelines for CV Health and Risk Reduction in Children and Adolescents,” which recommended screening all children aged 9 to 11 years for dyslipidemia. It is unknown if this guideline is being followed. We surveyed members of the Utah chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics to determine whether they performed universal lipid screening at well-child visits (WCV) on their patients at 9,10, or 11 years and how comfortable they were with evaluating and/or managing children with dyslipidemia. Of the 118 respondents who practiced primary care, only 18 (15%) screened all children at WCV; 86 (73%) tested “some,” most commonly children who were obese or had a positive family history. 18% were unfamiliar with the guidelines; 28% were familiar with the guidelines but felt they were “inappropriate;” 98 (84%) of the respondents said they were “very or somewhat comfortable” evaluating children with dyslipidemia.

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