Navigation Links
Top researcher argues most physicians aren't prepared to deal with obesity epidemic
Date:11/20/2007

The soaring obesity rates across the globe have been called the most critical challenge to public health of the 21st century. A top university researcher argues that most physicians are not adequately prepared to deal with this obesity epidemic.

In an article published in Canadian Family Physician, University of Alberta researcher Tim Caulfield examines the vital role physicians play in managing and identifying obesity and highlights the obstacles these physicians must overcome when treating obese patients. Caulfield, who is the Canada Research Chair in Health Law at the U of A and professor and research director in public health sciences, is recognized as one of the foremost experts in health law research in Canada.

In North America, physicians have a legal obligation to provide their patients with a reasonable standard of care, says Caulfield. By law, overweight and obese patients are entitled to the same level of care as the general public; however, there are reasons to believe this patient population is not, in some circumstances, receiving optimal care and advice.

Available data indicates that many physicians do not have the skills and knowledge to address obesity. According to Caulfield, this could contribute to substandard care in the way obesity is handled and in the way obese patients are treated.

"Family physicians play a crucial role in identifying and managing obesity," says Caulfield. "As the rates of obesity become more prevalent, we need to recognize and become aware of the issues that can reduce liability and improve the care of these patients."

Caulfield notes that earlier studies have found that most physicians (83 per cent) were less likely to perform physical examinations on reluctant obese patients, and 17 per cent admitted reluctance to perform pelvic exams on obese patients. One study found that one-fourth of physicians think that they are not at all or only slightly competent recommending treatment for obese patients.

As obesity rises, Caulfield notes, so will the number of malpractice suits. "By identifying the legal issues that may come with treating these patients, it will become easier for family physicians to address weight management."

Steps should be taken, according to Caulfield, to ensure family physicians have the skills, tools and resources necessary to satisfy their legal duties and to optimize their role in managing this complex public health concern.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kris Connor
kris.connor@ualberta.ca
780-492-9214
University of Alberta
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Stanford researchers find culprit in aging muscles that heal poorly
2. Children of depressed moms do better when dad is involved, SLU researcher finds
3. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
4. Mayo Clinic researchers discover new diagnostic test for detecting infection in prosthetic joints
5. Bipolar disorder relapses halved by Melbourne researchers
6. Cell that triggers symptoms in allergy attacks can also limit damage, Stanford researchers find
7. High and mighty: first common height gene identified by researchers behind obesity gene finding
8. Researchers estimate about 9 percent of US children age 8 to 15 meet criteria for having ADHD
9. Majority of 2.4 Million U.S. Children With ADHD Not Diagnosed or Consistently Treated, According to New Gold Standard Study by Cincinnati Childrens Researchers
10. Researchers develop long-lasting growth hormone
11. UVa researcher awarded $3.6 million grant to fight drug-resistant bacteria
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 27, 2017 , ... ... the alternative health care industry, announces Chris Brandl as its New Guest Director. ... vision and purpose to corporations throughout his career. He began his professional career ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... , ... February 27, 2017 , ... Much attention has ... for women who become dependent on opioid painkillers has fallen short. From 1999 until ... to a 237% increase in fatal overdoses in male populations.(1) , The proportion of ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... February 27, 2017 , ... ... Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory gum condition that occurs when the bacteria in plaque ... cleaning, also referred to as a scaling and root planing or SRP, and can ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... , ... POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y. – Peer-reviewed guidelines from the International Lyme and ... for Disease Control ( CDC ) and Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) dismiss ... compiled into a single volume a compelling argument that the disease does exist in ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... February 27, 2017 , ... Silicon Valley ... to announce a new informational post on robotic hair transplantation. San Francisco residents ... hair transplant and Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) can sound similar. Either treatment can ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/28/2017)... -- This report provides all the information you require ... activities since 2010. Download the full report: ... and Alliance since 2010 report provides an in-depth insight ... leading life sciences companies. On demand company ... the most up to date deal and company data. ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... Feb. 27, 2017 This report provides all ... its partnering interests and activities since 2010. ... Description The Partnering Deals and Alliance since 2010 report ... one of the world,s leading life sciences companies. ... to ensure inclusion of the most up to date ...
(Date:2/28/2017)... , Feb 28, 2017 Research ... Enzyme Supplements Market Forecasts 2014-2025" report to their offering. ... ... USD 1.6 billion by 2025. Growing consumer awareness regarding the ... health is expected to stimulate industry growth over the forecast ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: