A quality initiative to improve healthcare providers management of obesity in menopausal women




James, Eduy Jhanett

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Background: Obesity in menopausal women is a growing health care concern. The incidence of obesity among women between the ages of 40 to 60 in 2017-2018 was 45%. Women have a higher prevalence of severe obesity (11.5%) as compared with men (6.9%) (CDC, 2020). Healthcare providers (HCPs) play an important role in managing obesity. However, evidence based treatments are rarely implemented in primary care. Purpose: To improve HCPs obesity management and reduce weight, body mass index, waist circumference, and body fat percentage in menopausal women between the ages of 45 to 65 years old. Methods: A before and after design was used to implement an educational intervention for HCPs and a weight management protocol. HCPs attended educational sessions on the implementation of the weight management protocol. Results: The weight management protocol was successfully implemented 100 % (N = 30) in all eligible patients at baseline, 99% (N= 25) at week 4, 93% (N = 28) at week 8, and 100 % (N = 30) at week 12. Patient outcomes showed a significant reduction in weight (M= -12.41 ± SD = 0.48, 6.0%), BMI (M = -2.20 ± SD = 0.05, 7.0%), WC (M = -3.74 ± SD = 0.57, 9.0%), and BFP (M = - 3.09 ± 0.01, 7.0%). Implications: The results of this project show that HCPs knowledge after the delivery of an evidence-based educational activity improved and that the implementation of a weight management protocol showed to be an effective strategy in screening and managing obesity in menopausal women



Ages 45 to 65 years old, Healthcare providers obesity education, Lifestyle modification, Menopausal women, Obesity guidelines, overweight, obese



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