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In this model, you “blend in” weight management visits with patients during your regular patient care time. As the clinician, you see patients for a variety of different issues, including weight management, throughout your day.
I feel like one of my roles is identifying that there’s a problem and having that open, honest conversation with patients and trying to get their buy-in to getting help achieving a healthy body weight. And then also, you know, routine follow-ups, so that we can track their progress, provide encouragement, and refer them to people that can help them.
I think it helps from a standpoint of they’re being listened to, and it’s not just a ‘count your calories and you’re done’ type thing. I think if you can spend the time with the patients and help them brainstorm with their own personal roadblocks, then they see that you’re invested in their success, and they’re more likely to go home and actually implement the things that you discussed.
When the patient comes in, we evaluate... what needs to happen first. What’s most important for this patient? Sometimes weight management is discussed on the first visit if there are no active medical things going on, but if there are active medical things going on, we deal with those first and then say, hey, why don’t we schedule an appointment to talk about weight management?