A new evidence-based guideline from the Society of Behavioral Medicine for obesity management and treatment in primary care is based on the 5A’s counseling framework (assess, advise, agree, assist, and arrange) and aims to address psychosocial issues, psychiatric and medical comorbidities associated with treatment failure. The guide recommends building a multidisciplinary team that helps patients lose weight and maintain their weight loss by:
• addressing patients’ psychosocial issues and medical and psychiatric comorbidities associated with obesity treatment failure
• delivering intensive counseling consisting of goal setting, self-monitoring, and problem solving
• connecting patients with community resources to assist them in making healthy lifestyle changes
Citation: Fitzpatrick SL, Wischenka D, Appelhans BM, et al. An evidence-based guide for obesity treatment in primary care. The American Journal of Medicine. [Published online ahead of print July 31, 2015]. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2015.07.015.
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