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Nurses and GPs offer equally effective care for obese

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Nurse practitioners and GPs are equally as effective in counselling obese patients on further weight gain, according to Dutch researchers. 

They compared structured lifestyle counselling by nurse practitioners, using computer software, compared with standard lifestyle advice from GPs in 457 obese patients.

For both approaches, around 60% of participants achieved weight maintenance after three years, with no significant difference in mean weight change and change of waist circumference between them. 

The authors said: “In the majority in both groups, lifestyle counselling succeeded in preventing (further) weight gain.”


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