I think confidence levels are low in the general medical community because obesity has historically not been seen as a medical issue, and as a consequence providers haven’t placed a priority on developing the skills and confidence to treat it.
Tarrytown, NY (PRWEB) October 20, 2014
In a recent survey conducted among independent providers in The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) network, confidence levels in directly treating patients with obesity and weight issues jumped significantly as a result of CMWL provider obesity medicine training and opening a medical weight loss practice, from 18 percent overall confidence before training to 94 percent after engaging with the CMWL program.
According to CMWL’s Medical Director, Dr. Matthew Pinto, the findings are unsurprising. “As a provider having joined the CMWL network in 2010, I identify with the confidence levels on both sides of the spectrum," said Dr. Pinto. “I think confidence levels are low in the general medical community because obesity in and of itself has historically not been seen as a medical issue, and as a consequence providers haven’t placed a priority on developing the skills and confidence to treat it.”
Confidence levels among providers asked in a survey on the online physician community http://www.QuantiaMD.com were found to be consistent with those in the CMWL survey, where under 23 percent of 223 independent providers said they did not feel confident treating obesity.
Dr. Pinto believes that the American Medical Association’s decision to declare obesity as a chronic disease state is quickly changing that. “Medical providers are now actively seeking programs that will enable them to provide much-needed chronic condition treatment to patients afflicted with obesity,” said Pinto, “and I know first hand just how effective the CMWL training and practice implementation program is in instilling professional confidence.”
In the CMWL survey, the greatest gains in confidence reported are “explaining the role of meal replacement therapy to patients” as part of nutritional counseling (128 percent increase) and “helping patients maintain long-term weight loss at 12+ months (105 percent increase). Although comparatively lower, significant gains were also reported in “prescribing and managing drugs related to weight management” (82 percent increase), “encouraging and booking annual obesity screenings” (80 percent increase) and “obesity behavioral counseling” (72 percent increase).
CMWL’s CEO, Kevin Eberly, is also unsurprised with the findings, but also sees great opportunity to continue to develop medical providers’ confidence levels in treating patients with obesity.
“We are very proud of the clinical outcomes and success our network providers have achieved by integrating the CMWL program into their practices,” said Eberly, “but our goal as a company is to continue to refine our program and innovate our Obesity Treatment System platform to reach 100 percent confidence, especially in the critically important area of behavioral modification counseling. We believe patients afflicted by obesity deserve no less.”
About The Center for Medical Weight Loss
The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) program offers an approach to long-term weight loss and maintenance under the care of trained medical providers and supported by the CMWL Obesity Treatment System (OTS). The turnkey technical platform enables the delivery of scalable personalized weight loss plans - with one-on-one behavioral counseling as its foundation - to patients of independent practitioners, health care systems, and corporations. The CMWL program is clinically proven and evidence-based. For more information, visit http://www.centerformedicalweightloss.com.