Motivating Patients and Lifestyle Changes – for Medical Students
Evidence-Based Approaches to Weight Loss and Weight Management
1.25 hr(s) CME/CE
Goal: To prepare the learner to effectively motivate patients who need to lose weigh, train providers in assessing patient lifestyle in terms of diet and physical activity, and prepare providers to recommend effective and tailored weight-loss diets and programs for management of overweight and obesity in their patients.
This activity is designed to change: Competence, Performance, Patient Outcome. 1.25 hr(s)
Professional Practice Gaps
After completing this activity participants will be able to:
- Follow the basic steps of motivational interviewing when counseling adult patients on weight loss in primary care.
- Apply motivational interviewing techniques when counseling adult patients on weight loss in primary care.
- Tailor counseling of adult patients on weight loss in primary care to meet individual needs. Respond effectively to common challenges that are faced when trying to motivate primary care patients to lose weight.
- Determine treatments to recommend to patients in order to achieve weight loss based on BMI and comorbidity status
- Recommend caloric restriction to achieve weight loss and low carbohydrate to improve adherence as needed.
- Assess patient physical activity level and recommend evidence-based modifications for weight management.
- Refer patients to weight-loss programs or trained interventionists for behavioral support with weight loss.
- Recommend a plan for patients to maintain weight loss long-term
- Explain to patients how to follow a tailored, calorie-restricted diet for weight loss.
- Advise patients on how to change their eating behavior to produce weight loss without counting calories.
- Refer patients to dietitians for support with weight loss.
- Guide patients in adopting evidence-based, effective diets for weight loss.
Modules in this Training Activity
Training Activity References
Audience and Accreditation
Audience: Medical and Health Professional Students
A letter of completion for 1.25 hours is available for non-physicians.
A score of 70% on the post-test is required to complete the activity.
Initial development of this activity was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (#2R44DK091144-01A1) and NIDDK (#4R44DK108608-02).