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187098 - Bariatric medicine

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
1 hr

This activity will explore bariatric medicine. Topics covered in this activity include:

• the factors that contribute to the development of obesity
• reasons why long-term weight loss is difficult
• the barriers to maintaining weight loss
• the different effects of surgical and diet-induced weight loss on eating behaviours

Relevance to General Practice

Bariatric medicine is an emerging area of medicine, which aims to better understand obesity, and develop ways to prevent and manage severe obesity.

In particular, bariatric medicine examines the determinants of obesity, its impacts on health, quality of life and complications, and it also develops strategies for managing obesity using a chronic disease model of care. Successful obesity management can significantly improve function, quality of life and psychological wellbeing, as well as prevent complications, end-organ damage and reduce obesity-associated mortality.

General practitioners are ideally positioned to provide valuable information on the pros and cons of bariatric medicine and surgery to overweight and obese patients.

Learning outcomes
  • List the factors that contribute to the development of obesity.
  • Describe why long-term weight loss is difficult.
  • List the barriers to effective obesity management.
  • Outline the effects of surgical and diet-induced weight loss on eating behaviours.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    • Appropriate mode of care delivery to suit the needs of the patient

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    • The impacts of the social determinants of health are identified and addressed

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    • Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    • Patient confidentiality is managed appropriately

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    187098 - Bariatric medicine
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    1 hr
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