This webinar is aimed at assisting GPs in raising the issues of a patient's weight and the excessive weight has on patient wellbeing, in a sensitive and non-judgemental manner. The webinar will also provide GPs with helpful tools to add to their armamentarium, particularly the use of the Edmonton Obesity Staging System to identify "at risk" patients.
Relevance to General Practice
It is well recognised that Australia has one of the highest prevalence of overweight and obesity in the developed world, and that this is the greatest contributing factor, along with ageing, to the chronic disease burden in our society. According to current guidelines 63% adults are overweight or obese and this figure is predicted to rise to 80% by 2025. As many patients present to general practice for reasons other than specifically for weight loss, GPs are often the ones left to raise the subject. The challenging nature of the condition, combined with the difficulty of broaching the subject with patients, has meant that overweight and obesity is not necessarily discussed during GP consults, despite its associated health risks.
General practitioners are well placed to identify overweight and obesity in patients. Treatment should be individualised with careful consideration given to the severity of the problem and associated complications.
- Explain to patients energy homeostasis and the body's defence against weight loss.
- Outline the stages of the Edmonton Obesity Staging System and summarise how to assign the EOSS score, to identify "at risk" patients.
- Describe pharmacotherapy: indications, contra indications, common side effects, interactions.
- Implement a chronic disease model of care for patients with obesity including the setup of a recall system.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Adult health
- Men's health
- Women's health