A quality improvement project to address veteran obesity

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Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Nursing


Obesity is rising, and veterans have more risk factors than the general public. The health implications and financial burden are enormous. Established guidelines recommend weekly in-person intensive lifestyle counseling focused on diet, exercise, goal-setting, and self-monitoring. Despite referrals to free obesity management classes, few veterans choose to engage. Alternatives to these referrals include provider engagement and nurse follow-up. Research shows promising evidence that self-monitoring with the use of smart phone apps with nurse phone support results in reductions of BMI for some patients. By establishing a clinic workflow, this QI project sought to show that primary care teams can manage obesity alongside other chronic health conditions. The healthcare teams screened, assessed, and began treatment for obesity over an 8-week implementation period. Data from the pilot implementation show greater than 90% staff compliance with process measures. Provider referral rates increased 20% suggesting increased comfort with discussions about weight over time. The project demonstrated that the clinic process is feasible for staff to deliver. Future implementations can focus on patient-level outcomes, such as reduction in BMI and acceptability of the intervention to patients.




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