Nursing: Helping the Patient Who is Obese Find Success, 3rd Edition

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Disclosure: This course is presented by Elite Professional Education LLC

Course release date: 2/25/2019
Course expiration date: 2/25/2022

About the Course
Two thirds of the adult population in the U.S. are overweight and more than one third are obese.  Nurses are positioned to help obese patients develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle, thus reducing and preventing further developments of obesity and comorbidities.  This course provides nurses with expert knowledge including communication techniques to foster therapeutic relationships to help patients manage their health and weight, meet their weight loss goals, and overcome obesity.  The course reviews the topic of obesity, its etiology, and the associated health risks and techniques for assessing the patient’s specific problems. The course integrates learning with case studies and presents tools to apply concepts of behavioral factors, goal setting, and a supportive environment to help patients maintain success.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Define obesity and outline the methods used to measure obesity in adults and children.
  • Identify risk factors and health consequences associated with obesity.
  • Describe techniques used to measure resting metabolic rate, physical activity, and fitness.
  • Identify the most common theories of behavior that relate to healthy weight management.
  • Describe communication strategies that foster a therapeutic relationship with the patient.
  • Identify evidence-based approaches to dietary modification.
  • Describe non-dieting philosophies for obesity management.
  • Describe the clinical application of pharmacotherapy and the use of commercial weight-loss supplements.
  • Describe bariatric surgery and other treatment options for severe obesity.
  • Discuss the means to facilitate lifelong weight loss maintenance in patients with obesity.

About the Author:
Wayne C. Miller, PhD, is the Dean of the College of Science, Department of Nursing, at Morehead State University.  Dr. Miller was the program director for the Center for Rural and Community Health at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, where he also taught nutrition and physiology courses. Dr. Miller has published more than 70 research articles on obesity and metabolism and has authored ten books. Dr. Miller was the clinical director of three weight loss centers and continues to counsel patients who are overweight. 

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