Patients who are unable to comply or do not manage their disease are more likely to develop disease related complications. These complications may result in loss of self-management ability and an increase strain on the family and support people. This can cause additional stress, emotional, physical, and financial problems on the patient’s loved ones. Patients who do not manage their disease may not be able to continue with their career. CostsAccording to the AACE, obesity is estimated to add $3,559 annually to medical expenses per person. It is estimated that obese adults spend 42% more on direct healthcare than adults whoare at a healthy weight. Moderately obese people are more than two times as likely as healthy weight people to be prescribed medications to manage medical conditions. Obesity is associated with lower productivity and higher absenteeism in the workplace. Obesity is one of the major costs of Medicare and Medicaid. It is estimated that obesity raised expenditures by over $90 billion in 2012. (AACE, 2016) Best Practices PromotionBest practice promotion in the primary care setting, would be to insure proper education on obesity to patients. This education would be the most up to date information regarding obesity. In addition to education, awareness of care management standards for obesity, best
OBESITY11evidence based practices regarding obesity, and best practice promotion would include primary care provider knowledge and adherence to published obesity standards of care. Implementation PlanThis author is currently involved in inpatient care. The three strategies selected as the implementation plan include the following: 1.Development of a new position for the inpatient care unit. The position would be dedicated to obesity patient education. The role of the staff member would be to provide comprehensive obesity education for newly diagnosed patients. 2.Development of an outpatient support group for the patient to attend after release. This group would have a counselor or therapist to lead the group to help the patient deal with the emotional issues that may come up with this diagnosis. 3.Development of education standards for newly diagnosed patients. The education program will be designed as an asynchronous, online learning module. The program will be updated annually to keep up with new standards. Evaluation MethodEvaluation of the effectiveness of the three strategies outlined above would be based on the following:1.Decrease in inpatient admissions will be the result of the new position of patient educator. The comprehensive education will help the patient understand the need to have follow-up care with their primary care providers to prevent future health complications.2.The patient’s compliance due to emotional support being provided by support group.
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