Original Research| Volume 17, ISSUE 6, P707-711, June 2021

The Treatment of Obesity in the Multidisciplinary Setting


      • Obesity is an epidemic worldwide.
      • This article presents challenges of treating obesity as a disease in the primary care setting.
      • A multidisciplinary approach can improve patient outcomes.
      • The impacts of telehealth during a pandemic are discussed.


      This quality improvement project used the resources of a multidisciplinary setting (health care providers, dietitians, and psychotherapists) to improve the treatment of patients diagnosed with obesity (body mass index ≥ 30 kg/m2). This approach resulted in generally positive outcomes for the patients in terms of knowledge of healthy lifestyle choices, weight, body mass index, and waist circumference.


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      Susan Catchings, DNP, FNP-BC, is the owner of and nurse practitioner at Avance Care in Cary, NC, and can be contacted at [email protected]


      Dori Steinberg, PhD, RD, is an associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC.


      Joanne Fruth, MD, is the chief medical officer at Avance Care in Raleigh, NC.


      Valerie K. Sabol, PhD, ACNP, GNP, is a professor at Duke University School of Nursing.