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Understanding weight loss in obese adults: a qualitative study

Dibb, B., Hardiman, A. and Rose, J. (2019) Understanding weight loss in obese adults: a qualitative study Journal of Obesity and Medical Complications.

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Objectives: Obesity rates are increasing and practitioners working in primary care are ideally situated to intervene yet little is known about how the patient experiences this. The aim of this study was to explore patients’ perspectives of how practitioners can help initiate weight loss and provide continued support.

Methods: Fifteen participants who were obese were recruited from primary care. The interviews were analysed using Thematic Analysis.

Results: Three themes are presented including ‘Feeling Unsupported,’ ‘Positive Support,’ and ‘the practitioner’s role as a catalyst’. Participants sometimes felt their interactions with their practitioner could be better. The ‘Positive Support Received’ theme showed that participants were positive about the support they received from their practitioner. The final theme shows how participants felt that more direct communication from the practitioner could have helped with the initiation and maintenance of weight loss.

Conclusion: Communication from the practitioner should be more direct and focused on health outcomes. The practitioner could make use of a ‘teachable moment’ to initiate and influence the motivation and adherence to the weight loss regimen.

Practice implications: Practice implications include encouraging an assertive communication from practitioners about the negative consequences of obesity, encouraging more direct communication, and offering support with weight loss.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Hardiman, A.
Rose, J.
Date : 9 February 2019
DOI : 10.31021/jomc.20191101
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019 Dibb B, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 international License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Weight loss; General practice; Patients; Interview; Communication; Obesity
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Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 06 Jun 2019 08:50
Last Modified : 11 Jun 2019 10:37

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