VIDEO: Patients not seeking, providers not offering enough obesity care
WASHINGTON — In this video exclusive, Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD, director of the Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses findings of the ACTION Study, designed to explore challenges surrounding obesity care.
“Despite its prevalence, the amount of care given to patients with this disorder is really a lot less than probably is necessary,” Kaplan said.
The ACTION Study surveyed stakeholders and revealed that patients often do not seek obesity care, and when they do seek it, they often do not receive it. Although health care providers report they consider obesity a disease, they rarely diagnose or discuss obesity with patients or follow up on a discussion when one occurs.
“In the absence of seeking or receiving care, we don’t even have the opportunity to determine how good the care is and whether our therapies are effective enough,” Kaplan said.