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Physician/Fellow: Barriers in Obesity Management: A Comparison of CERA Survey and our current practice
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Poster Title: Physician/Fellow: Barriers in Obesity Management: A Comparison of CERA Survey and our current practice
Submitted on 15 Oct 2019
Author(s): Linu Joseph,MD
Affiliations: Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency
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Abstract: Background: Obesity and obesity related illness have reached near epidemic levels in the United States. As family medicine physicians, we are in a unique position to tackle these issues at the time of the patient encounter.

Objective: It is essential we address obesity as a disease and not simply as a risk factor. We examined data from a survey done by the providers in our current practice. The results were compared to the CERA survey. We will use this data for resident education in the future.
Methods: The CERA survey, administered in 2012-2013, assessed the physician’s ability to diagnose and treat obesity in adults; their perceived obstacles to counseling and current practices. An online survey was administered to the providers in our current practice.

Results: Most of the surveyed physicians on the CERA survey counsel patients on obesity management using behavioral modification counseling. 55% prescribes weight loss medications. 41% were afraid of offending the patients. 33% believed that patients are non-adherent to the recommendations.

The survey of the providers in our practice showed similar trends. Most of them use behavioral modification counseling. 40% prescribes weight loss medications.20% were afraid of offending the patients.40% of the physicians believed that patients are non-adherent to recommendations.

Conclusions:
Based on the survey results we plan on highlighting the areas of deficiencies in our practice. This includes medication management of obesity and motivational interviewing. We will develop a curriculum to address these issues during our faculty development meetings for better management of obesity. We will reevaluate the practice trends upon completion.
Summary: BACKGROUND :Obesity is a growing health crisis, crippling tomorrow’s generation. In the turn of 21st century this issues has racked up awareness, secondary to the media attention to this matter. As health care workers we are well aware of the problem obesity poses. However, the health risks are seldom managed.
References: 1. Rao, Gouthram. Office based Strategies for the Management of Obesity . American Family Physician June 2010. Vol 81/No. 12
2. https://www.stfm.org/publicationsresearch/cera/pasttopicsanddata/2012generalmembershipsurvey/

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