Your leadership can be a difference in chronic weight management1,2
HCPs play a critical role in patient engagement
Weight-loss advice from health care providers has been proven to make a positive impact on a patient’s attempt at behavior change and weight-management results.1,2
Patient efforts improved after weight-loss discussions with their HCP3a
of patients were more likely to attempt to lose weight
of patients were more likely to attempt to change their diet
of patients were more likely to attempt to change their exercise patterns
aResults from surveys and audio-recorded preventative health and chronic care visits with 25 women struggling to lose weight and 7 physicians. The primary aim of this study was to assess how women struggling to lose weight discuss weight loss with their physicians.3
Supporting your patients to achieve a weight loss of ≥5% can have a clinically meaningful impact4
Your role can directly impact their results1
Patients lost ~5 times more weight with HCP counseling than with a self-directed program1b
bA randomized, controlled study of 415 patients with obesity showed that patients lost more weight with HCP counseling, weight-loss coaches, and web-based support (5.2% weight loss) when compared with a self-directed program (1.1% weight loss) at 24 months. A meta-analysis of survey data indicated that weight-loss advice from HCPs has a positive effect on a patient’s attempt at behavior change and on weight-loss efforts.1
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1. Appel LJ, Clark JM, Yeh H-C, et al. Comparative effectiveness of weight-loss interventions in clinical practice. N Engl J Med. 2011;365(21):1959-1968.
2. Rose SA, Poynter PS, Anderson JW, Noar SM, Conigliaro J. Physician weight loss advice and patient weight loss behavior change: a literature review and meta-analysis of survey data. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013;37(1):118-128.
3. Pollak KI, Ostbye T, Alexander SC, et al. Empathy goes a long way in weight loss discussions. J Fam Pract. 2007;56(12):1031-1036.
4. Wing RR, Lang W, Wadden TA, et al. Benefits of modest weight loss in improving cardiovascular risk factors in overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2011;34(7):1481-1486.