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Building a Patient-Centered Weight Management Program: A Mixed Methods Project to Obtain Patients’ Information Needs and Ideas for Program Structure

Department of Pharmacy Administration, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, Oxford, MS 38677, USA
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Pharmacy 2019, 7(4), 165; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7040165
Received: 6 September 2019 / Revised: 22 November 2019 / Accepted: 28 November 2019 / Published: 3 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pharmacists' Role in Diabetes Care)
Achieving and maintaining weight loss for large segments of the population remains elusive, despite evidence demonstrating the value of many weight management programs. This study aimed to gather patients’ perceptions on weight management education needs, and ideas for the structure of a weight management program to be delivered in community pharmacies. This was an exploratory mixed methods study combining qualitative focus group interviews with a cross-sectional survey. Three focus group interviews were conducted, along with a brief survey based on focus groups findings and sent to all eligible participants. The survey allowed for individual responses on the program components and narrowing down of focus group findings. Nearly half of the respondents (45.9%) wanted further education on limiting carbohydrate and sugar intake. Participants were most interested in identifying different exercises appropriate for those with physical limitations (48.6%). Most participants preferred 1 h meetings (70.3%) that contain a mix of one-on-one and group meeting formats (67.6%). The results of the study suggest a three-month weight management program, with a combination of group and individual in-person meetings occurring twice per month, would be of most interest to patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: weight management; obesity; community-based participatory research; patient-centered programming; community pharmacy weight management; obesity; community-based participatory research; patient-centered programming; community pharmacy
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Arnold, A.; Holmes, E.; Rosenthal, M. Building a Patient-Centered Weight Management Program: A Mixed Methods Project to Obtain Patients’ Information Needs and Ideas for Program Structure. Pharmacy 2019, 7, 165.

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