WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY?
Obesity is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality in the United States. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all patients should be screened for obesity, and that obese patients be referred for comprehensive weight loss treatment. The goal of this study was to determine the degree to which overweight and obese primary care patients report willingness to participate in comprehensive weight loss programs.
In this study, we analyzed surveys from 1,632 patients across 12 primary care practices. We found that 63% of overweight and obese adults reported willingness to participate in comprehensive weight loss programs. Patients cited low cost and convenience as important factors in helping them decide about program participation.
WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY’S POTENTIAL IMPACT ON PRIMARY CARE?
This study demonstrates that primary care patients report willingness to participate in comprehensive weight loss programs. Technology solutions to delivery of evidence-based weight loss programs, including web-based, mobile health and other innovations may be important in addressing cost and logistical barriers to program participation.