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Effective professional practice: protocol for a systematic review of health professionals' management of obesity

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While much attention has been paid to interventions to help overweight and obese people lose weight, relatively little is known about the contribution of health professionals to obesity reduction. As in other clinical areas, variations in the provision of health care for overweight and obese people may affect health outcomes. In this area in particular, there is reason to believe that practice may be adversely affected because of some providers' negative attitudes towards the patient group.

This work aims to identify strategies that are effective in improving health professionals' management of obesity or the delivery of health care services for overweight and obese people. In contrast to recent systematic reviews of patient-targeted approaches, this review focuses specifically on interventions designed to improve health professionals' practice. It is undertaken in association with the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group. The protocol for this review is described.
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Keywords: health professionals; obesity; systematic review

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, The University of York, York 2: Faculty of Health and Environment, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds 3: Systematic Reviews Training Unit, Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, London, UK 4: Department of Health Sciences and Clinical Evaluation, Alcuin College, The University of York, York YO1 5DD, UK.

Publication date: 01 June 1998

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