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Improving Obesity Management in Adult Primary Care
The white paper, presented by the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance Research Team, at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, summarises central themes for improving the integration of obesity screening, counseling and treatment into primary care practice.
It explains that primary care practices, including family and internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, form an important part of obesity management, as they serve the patients with primary point-of-contact.
The STOP Obesity Alliance staff found that 70% of obese people did not receive a diagnosis and 63% did not receive counseling from their physician at the primary care settings.
The literature also suggests that electronic medical records may provide improved care coordination, patient tracking, consistency throughout patient records and practice evaluation, thereby improving obesity management in primary care practices.