The Healthcare Burden of Pediatric Feeding Disorder: What Hurts the Kids Hurts the System

April 14, 2022 1:15 pm

Presentation Summary

The healthcare burden associated with pediatric feeding disorder is significant and continues to climb. The cost of temporizing and treating PFD is immense and warrants further expediency in researching and addressing this condition. Systematic and early intervention may be key in decreasing the cost and utilization of PFD.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the system level healthcare burden created by PFD
  2. Describe barriers to improving cost and utilization associated with PFD
  3. Identify potential solutions to decreasing the population level burden of PFD


  • Nikhila Raol

    Nikhila Raol MD, MPH, FAAP

    Nikhila Raol is an Associate Professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery and health services researcher at Emory, as well as a pediatric otolaryngologist at CHOA. She completed her medical education at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and her otolaryngology training at Baylor College of Medicine. She then completed her pediatric otolaryngology training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, during which time she obtained her Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Her primary research and clinical interests center on the management of children with pediatric feeding disorder and obstructive sleep apnea. When she’s not obsessing about how other people’s kids eat and sleep, she obsesses over how her three kids and husband and dog eat and sleep. She and her family also love spending time reading, rooting on their favorite sports teams, and enjoying the outstanding Atlanta performing arts scene.

    Financial Disclosures: Receives a salary from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

    Non-financial Disclosures: None.

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