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Adult obesity: Management practices of General Practitioners/ Family Physicians in Kingston and St Andrew, Jamaica



Objective: To determine the practices of Family Physicians/General Practitioners in Kingston and St Andrew regarding the management of adult obesity and compare their management to the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/ Task Force on Practice Guidelines and The Obesity Society (AHA/ACC/TOS) Guidelines for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was done of Family Physicians/General Practitioners in the Kingston and St Andrew area. A Census approach was used with the aid of a self-administered questionnaire and practices compared to the American Guidelines for Obesity Management.
Results: There were 117 respondents out of the 155 Family physicians/General practitioners. While most physicians were found to have medium to high level practice scores, 23% had low practice scores. Diagnosis of obesity using body mass index (BMI) was high (99%), but only 64% employed hormonal assays. Almost 36% did not refer patients with BMI > 40 kg/m2 for bariatric surgery.
Conclusion: Assessed against existing guidelines, physicians were found generally to have medium to high practice levels regarding management of obesity, however, gaps remain to be closed. 
03 Aug, 2018
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e-Published: 19 Dec, 2018
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