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Improving Bone Density for Children with Disabilities. Trainee team members: Barbra Faust, Amanda Dye, Kevin Harward Faculty Mentor: Lisa Samson - Fang. The Problem. Research suggests that osteoporosis seen later in life may originate in childhood or adolescence

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Improving bone density for children with disabilities

Improving Bone Density for Children with Disabilities

  • Trainee team members: Barbra Faust, Amanda Dye, Kevin Harward

  • Faculty Mentor: Lisa Samson - Fang


The problem

The Problem

  • Research suggests that osteoporosis seen later in life may originate in childhood or adolescence

  • Chronic systemic illnesses can be detrimental to the growing skeleton

  • The lack of awareness of the risk factors that lead to low bone density in children


Our solution

Our Solution

  • Increase parental awareness of risk factors that lead to low Vitamin D levels and reduced bone density

  • Encourage parents to consult their primary care physicians about bone density

  • Create a product that is informative and engaging


Improving bone density for children with disabilities

  • Conversation starter card

  • Targets parents

  • Promotes awareness of bone health

  • Provides direction for future action


Conversation starter card

Conversation Starter Card

  • 7-8th grade reading level

  • Front side: attention grabber/risk factors

    • Message: All children need strong healthy bones, talk to your healthcare provider about your child’s bone health

  • Back side: dietary interventions increasing Calcium & Vitamin D consumption

    • Websites with further information


Conversation starter card1

Conversation Starter Card

  • Consulted stakeholders: pediatricians, physical therapists, orthopedists, and parents.

  • Distribution: Specialty clinics at PCMC including Hematology, Orthopedics, GI, Special care clinic, Neurology, the Children with Special Healthcare Clinic, and Shriner’s Hospital. And more to come.


Distribution

Distribution

  • $300 grant from the Utah chapter of the National Organization of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

  • 500-1000 cards from U of U printers.

  • PDF will be made available at multiple online locations for free


Recommendations

Recommendations

  • More panels of young adults who have disabilities

    • Great insight as to what issues a young adult who has a disability, is dealing with on a daily basis

      Critical thinking activities with a more specific and narrow scope, and realistic scenarios


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