More needs to be done to develop effective practice nurse led programmes for obesity, according to a review by Australian researchers.
They looked at 11 studies on such support programmes. They concluded the nurse role had mainly been in providing one-to-one support and to a lesser extent group sessions.
But the authors found no evidence of positive outcomes for patients from either intervention.
‘At best, perhaps 10% of patients entering a nurse led support programme may achieve a clinically significant weight loss,’ they concluded.
Journal of Clinical Nursing (2008) 17: 17-28