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How do you start discussions about weight loss with patients who are overweight?

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  • Article: Goldie C, Brown J (2012) Managing obesity in primary care. Nursing Times; 108: 1/2, 14-16.
  • Author: Christine Goldie is practice nurse, Banff and Gamrie Medical Practice, NHS Grampian; Jenny Brown is honorary clinical research fellow, Centre for Obesity Research and Epidemiology, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.

Key points

  1. Obesity is complex and diseases related to it place a large burden on the NHS
  2. Its causes include genetic, social and environmental factors
  3. A weight loss of 5-10% can have important health benefits
  4. A flexible, structured, person-centred, holistic approach can result in good outcomes
  5. Weight management should be a mandatory aspect of primary care services managing long-term conditions such as diabetes and heart disease

Let’s discuss

  • How do you start discussions about weight loss with patients who are overweight?
  • What barriers do patients describe when they are trying to lose weight?
  • How can you incorporate the emotional and behavioural well being of patients, as well as diet and
    exercise advice in to care plans?
  • How would you explain the health benefits of weight loss to patients who are obese?




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  • Very good point. We have the same things going on here in the Netherlands. I am so glad that we get classes and courses for this so we know more and feel more secure during an interview with a patient. [url=]cruise aanbiedingen[/url]

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