187098 - Bariatric medicine
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
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.
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
- Adult health