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The US is currently mired in a decades-long battle against an epidemic of obesity. According to the CDC 69.2% of the US population over the age of 20 is either overweight or obese. As primary care clinics move towards becoming “Patient-Centered Medical Homes” the need exists to provide adequate and specific educational materials.While a great wealth of educational resources exist to inform patients about the nature and pathogenesis of individual diseases, access to specific local treatment tools is lacking. Although nearly all clinicians screen patients for elevated BMI and provide general information about general healthy habits, this is often the limit of the discussion.Time restrictions on appointment length hinders the ability of the clinician to adequately provide recommendations about how/where patients may work to reduce their BMI.
Obesity, Patient-centered medical homes, Maine
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Monte, Nicolas, "Community Resources for Elevated BMI in Downeast, ME" (2014). Family Medicine Clerkship Student Projects. 6.