The Endocrine Society's Guidelines for the Pharmacologic Management of Obesity, advises clinicians to target obesity first in order to mitigate or eliminate its related comorbidities and complications including type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension, rather than aiming first to treat the comorbidities caused by the excess weight -- Treat Weight First.
The Endocrine Society engaged four health care practitioners -- an internist, a family practice physician, an osteopathic practitioner, and a nurse practitioner -- in a pilot program to collaborate with faculty on the Guidelines on Pharmacologic Management of Obesity to develop a curriculum for primary care practitioners in obesity medical management best practices. The goal was to encourage primary care practitioners to treat weight first, rather than treating co-morbidities without directly addressing weight as a factor in overall health.
The objective of the Weight First initiative 2016 pilot is to demonstrate that an obesity curriculum co-developed by endocrinologists and primary care practitioners overcomes barriers to the effective management of patients with obesity. The curriculum covers three key elements of obesity medical management:
- Motivational interviewing
- Therapeutic options for treating obesity
The three Phases of the pilot are as follows:
- Three Endocrine Society faculty and four primary care leaders from Louisiana and nearby states will collaborate on a comprehensive obesity medical management presentation.
- The four primary care leaders, then, make their own presentations to their colleagues at their respective state chapter annual meetings.
- Any clinicians interested in improving care for their patients can view the core curriculum on this site and earn AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits through the Endocrine Society.
The Goal: Better health through obesity management
The 2016 Weight First initiative pilot is a medical education collaboration between the Endocrine Society and:
- Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians
- Louisiana Association of Nurse Practitioners
- Louisiana Osteopathic Medical Association
- Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association
- National Medical Association Region V
This pilot was developed by Knighten Health and supported by an education grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.