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Improving Engagement in Employer-Sponsored Weight Management Programs
By Bruce W. Sherman, MD, and Carol Addy, MD
From American Journal of Managed Care on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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Concurrent and effective management of patients’ social issues has been shown to improve clinical outcomes, ostensibly by addressing barriers to compliance, as well as building trusting relationships. Participation and outcomes in existing weight management programs have not been particularly impactful, given that the current clinical focus on personal health in general—and weight management, in particular—typically fails to incorporate personal priorities and stressors that may assume greater individual priority. In support, a 2014 National Business Group on Health/The Futures Company/Aon consumer survey revealed that financial stress was the most prevalent concern, followed by work-related issues, relationship issues, and then family health issues. Personal health concerns ranked ninth on the priority list.