Empathy goes a long way in weight loss discussions.
(Clinical Trial;Journal Article)
PURPOSE: This study explores how weight-related topics are discussed between physicians and their overweight and obese female patients. METHODS: We surveyed and audio-recorded preventive health and chronic care visits with 25 overweight and obese female patients. We coded both for quantity (content and time) of weight-related discussions and quality (adherence to Motivational Interviewing [MI] techniques). We then tested correlations of these measures with patients' reported attempts to lose weight, change diet, and change exercise patterns 1 month after the visit. RESULTS: Weight was routinely addressed (19 of 25 encounters). Patients usually initiated the topic (67% of time). Physicians' use of MI techniques resulted in patients attempting to lose weight and changing their exercise patterns. CONCLUSION: Physicians may benefit from MI training to help patients lose weight.
Pollak, KI; Østbye, T; Alexander, SC; Gradison, M; Bastian, LA; Brouwer, RJN; Lyna, P
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