Module B: Assessments and Complications of Obesity

CE Credits: 1.1

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This module details the different assessment methods used for diagnosing obesity, such as the body mass index (BMI), and explains the limitations of the various methods. It also explores the various complications that can arise from obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and metabolic syndrome. The module also explores the psychosocial components that often go along with obesity (such as patients having a higher rate of depression and anxiety), and illuminates some ways that healthcare professionals may unwittingly reinforce the insecurities of obese patients.

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Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Identify methods of assessing the overweight and obese patient
» Discuss co-morbidities associated with obesity
» Describe the psychosocial challenges obese patients confront

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Advance your professional practice:: Case managers need to understand the most accurate measures of being overweight or obese—as well as the most common co-morbidities, which can compound an obese patient’s health problems—so that we can be most effective and proactive in helping patients embark on a program for weight loss and maintenance. We also need to be attuned to how to interact with obese patients in a positive, constructive way, so that we can forge the most productive relationship with them.

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Improve organizational performance: Because even trained healthcare professionals may have preconceived notions about obese patients, we need to make our care as sensitive as possible across the entire team. When we can establish good rapports with patients, we can partner with them effectively to improve their health and avoid negative outcomes.