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Attitudes and Approaches to Use of Meal Replacement Products among Healthcare Professionals in Management of Excess Weight

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Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, The Boden Collaboration for Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders, Charles Perkins Centre, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia
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Metabolism & Obesity Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, NSW 2050, Australia
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School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine and Health, Centre for Health Policy, The University of Sydney, NSW 2050, Australia
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Faculty of Science, School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
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Behav. Sci. 2020, 10(9), 136; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10090136
Received: 27 July 2020 / Revised: 3 September 2020 / Accepted: 3 September 2020 / Published: 7 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Psychiatric, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders)
Meal replacement product-based diets are an effective weight loss intervention used in the management of obesity. Historically, these diets have been underutilised by HealthCare Professionals (HCPs). An online survey of mixed methods design was distributed to HCPs to capture current perceptions and prescribing patterns of meal replacement products (MRPs) in the management of overweight and obesity. A total of 303 HCPs working in weight management across Australia began the survey and 197 (65%) completed it. While over 70% of HCPs have prescribed MRP currently or in the past, MRPs are only prescribed to a median 7% of patients seeking weight management treatment. Qualitative analysis identified potential barriers to MRP prescription, which include experience with patient non-compliance, perceived poor long-term weight loss durability and safety concerns regarding the product and its use as a total meal replacement program. Safety concerns are centred on the perceived risk of weight cycling and its potential negative psychological impact. MRP prescription is 66% more likely to occur if HCPs had formal training in the use of MRPs relative to those who did not, with a relative risk (RR) of 1.7 (95% CI 1.4, 2.0). This study highlights the potential barriers to the prescription of MRPs, which are centred around safety concerns. This also indicates that formal training may enhance the likelihood of prescribing MRPs, suggesting that once HCPs have a comprehensive understanding of the products and the evidence behind their use, their prescription is likely to be increased. View Full-Text
Keywords: obesity; diet; reducing; weight management; low-energy liquid diet; qualitative; very-low-energy diet obesity; diet; reducing; weight management; low-energy liquid diet; qualitative; very-low-energy diet
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Maston, G.; Franklin, J.; Gibson, A.A.; Manson, E.; Hocking, S.; Sainsbury, A.; Markovic, T.P. Attitudes and Approaches to Use of Meal Replacement Products among Healthcare Professionals in Management of Excess Weight. Behav. Sci. 2020, 10, 136. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10090136

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Maston G, Franklin J, Gibson AA, Manson E, Hocking S, Sainsbury A, Markovic TP. Attitudes and Approaches to Use of Meal Replacement Products among Healthcare Professionals in Management of Excess Weight. Behavioral Sciences. 2020; 10(9):136. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10090136

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Maston, Gabrielle, Janet Franklin, Alice A. Gibson, Elisa Manson, Samantha Hocking, Amanda Sainsbury, and Tania P. Markovic 2020. "Attitudes and Approaches to Use of Meal Replacement Products among Healthcare Professionals in Management of Excess Weight" Behavioral Sciences 10, no. 9: 136. https://doi.org/10.3390/bs10090136

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