Addressing Obesity in a Consultation

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Obesity is one of the most pressing public health issues, but many healthcare professionals don’t feel they have the time or confidence to address weight loss with their patients. This module shows how to broach the topic sensitively and effectively, even in a short consultation, and how to devise a patient-centred action plan to help them improve their dietary or exercise habits.

The module uses realistic case examples and lots of interactivity to provide practice building skills in the following areas:

  • Developing Attitudes and Addressing Barriers: strategies to counter common barriers to broaching the topic with patients.
  • Basic Motivational Interviewing Skills: a brief overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills applied to a weight-loss context.
  • Structuring a Brief Intervention: how to structure a weight-loss consultation, stepby-step, from broaching the topic and offering brief advice, through to follow up and referral.

The full course takes approximately three hours to complete.

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