Enhancing the Patient-Provider Connection: Practical Strategies for Improving Outcomes in Obesity Management

Release date: June 7, 2019
Expiration date: June 7, 2020
Estimated time to complete activity: 30 minutes



Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH
Medical Director
Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Houston, Texas


The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that physicians screen patients for obesity and practice counseling interventions to achieve modest (4%-8%) weight loss. Despite this, physicians frequently do not document obesity, counsel, or initiate therapy for weight loss. Medically-managed weight loss may provide the safest and most effective means to initial weight loss and weight loss maintenance over time. As with all chronic medical conditions, effective management of obesity must be based on a partnership between a highly motivated patient and a committed team of health professionals. This program will improve family physicians’ skills and confidence in weight-loss counseling and treatment while also discussing geographic, ethnic, and racial disparities.


This educational initiative has been designed for family practice and primary care providers involved in the management of patients with obesity.


Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze regional and ethnic disparities in obesity
  • Address patients with obesity with sensitivity and a greater understanding of this disorder’s causes, challenges, and treatments
  • Apply current practice guidelines to optimize screening, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Implement proven communication strategies, such as The 5 A’s of Obesity Counseling, to effectively engage patients in weight loss discussion
  • Evaluate the efficacy and safety of available and emerging pharmacologic therapies for weight loss

There are no fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity. During the period of June 7, 2019 through June 7, 2020, participants must:

  • Read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures
  • Complete the pretest
  • Study the educational activity
  • Complete the posttest and the evaluation form

A statement of credit will be issued only upon receipt of a completed activity evaluation form and a completed posttest with a score of 70% or better.




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The following faculty/planners reported the financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of these CME activities:

Deborah Bade Horn, DO, MPH
Consulting Fees: Bausch Health/Valeant Pharmaceuticals International; Novo Nordisk Inc.
Speakers’ Bureau: Novo Nordisk Inc.
Contracted Research: Novo Nordisk Inc.

Michelle R. Rizzo, ELS, hereby states that she or her spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.


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Supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.

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