CTA initial questions

Initial Questions

Discover techniques for approaching and conducting successful weight conversations with your patients.

CTA Steve

Weight History

Find tips and goals for focused conversations about your patients’ weight history.

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Learn how to help patients set specific goals for better weight management.

Discussing Treatment Options

Discussing Treatment Options

Explore the need for treatment plans to extend beyond diet & activity.

Talking with your patients

For patients who meet the criteria for being overweight, obese, or who are at risk of weight-related comorbidities, intensive therapeutic counseling on behavioral changes can be effective for weight management.1

Rethink Your Obesity Discussions has been developed as an aid for health care professionals to facilitate discussions regarding weight management. Empathetic and supportive discussions can help patients to address the challenges of weight management.

The downloadable guide below enables you to:

  • Initiate a collaborative conversation about weight management with patients
  • Build trust through shared decision-making
  • Emphasize the importance of the patient’s perspective, experiences, and feelings about past weight changes
  • Set goals for short term and long term
  • Explore appropriate lifestyle and medical treatment options and make plans that meet individual patient needs

Guiding a structured discussion

The discussion guide employs a simple structure:

  1. Ask for permission and initiate dialogue
  2. Focus on weight history
  3. Set individual goals
  4. Discuss treatment options
Steve's BMI is 39

Complimentary discussion guide

Guide: Rethink Your Obesity Discussions

Guide: Rethink Your Obesity Discussions

Video: Beginning the Weight Conversation

Video: Beginning the Weight Conversation

Video: Discussing Weight With Your Patients: Ask, Listen, Inform

Video: Discussing Weight With Your Patients: Ask, Listen, Inform

Video: A Day in the Life of a Patient with Obesity

Video: A Day in the Life of a Patient with Obesity

Risk Assessment Tool

Learn about potential risks for your patients who have obesity and discover how weight loss may impact their comorbidities and mortality.

Reference:

  1. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Decision memo for intensive behavioral therapy for obesity (CAG-00423N).” (2011). http://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?&NcaName=Intensive%20Behavioral&20Therapy&20for&20Obesity&bc=ACAAAAAAIAAA&NCAId=253&. Accessed October 22, 2014.