Investigation of overweight and obesity management in a rural primary health care setting
Brown, Kylie, Keeble-Buckle, Fran, Boak, Rachel and Dunbar, Ann 2007, Investigation of overweight and obesity management in a rural primary health care setting, in GP & PHC 2007 : General Practice & Primary Health Care Conference : Working Together, Primary Health Care Research & Information Service, [Sydney, N.S.W.].
GP & PHC 2007 : General Practice & Primary Health Care Conference : Working Together
Primary Health Care Research & Information Service
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Background : The rural region of interest has one main central medical clinic and several smaller outlying clinics. The services available for weight management include dietetic services, community-based groups and bariatric surgery. At present, no formal area specific referral pathway exists for the treatment of overweight and obesity. Aims & rationale/Objectives : To investigate general practitioners': - assessment practices and experiences with overweight and obese clients - experience of different treatment options for overweight and obesity - perceived barriers to overweight and obesity management. Methods : A self-administered survey will be sent to general practitioners within the region of interest. The survey was designed to investigate current methods of assessing overweight and obesity; treatment options; and perceived barriers to successful weight management. Participants will also be offered a brief interview to discuss the following topics; Usefulness of NHMRC's Overweight and Obesity Guidelines; barriers and frustrations of weight management, GP's and dietitian's roles in overweight and obesity treatment. Principal findings : It is expected the principal findings will include details about methods used to determine overweight and obesity; factors considered when selecting patients for treatment; favoured treatment options of GPs; perceived barriers and frustrations of managing overweight and obese patients. Discussion : Overweight and obesity are significant health issues in Australia, with recent data indicating more than 60% of Australian adults are affected (NHMRC, 2003). Studies have also suggested that the prevalence of overweight and obesity is higher in rural populations (Coulson, 2005). GPs have been recognised as an important contributor in the treatment of overweight and obesity (Campbell, 2000). There have been guidelines produced to assist GPs, however the extent to which guidelines are utilised or their perceived effectiveness have not yet been investigated. Implications : It is thought that an investigation into current methods of assessing overweight and obesity; treatment options; and perceived barriers to successful weight management will provide valuable information to inform primary health care service provision and future quality improvement directions. Presentation type : Poster Session theme : Primary health care delivery
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111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified