Programmed Shared Medical Appointments in Weight Management for Primary Health Centres and General Practitioners.

Programmed Shared Medical Appointments in Weight Management for Primary Health Centres and General Practitioners.

You know that in your community over 60% of adults are overweight and approximately 30% are obese. You know that an increased body mass is an increasingly related or direct reason your patients’ come to see you in practice.

It is common to find that Medical Doctors, other clinicians and their patients feel powerless in making a significant impact on unhealthy, excess body fat and the related metabolic and mental health issues 1.

The current system of one on one, time limited appointments makes it financially and professionally difficult to engage and motivate your patients to even simple lifestyle changes that you know will help manage weight and improve their health.

Programmed Shared Medical Appointments in Weight Management (PSMA:WM) are a practice revolution.

PSMA:WM allows you to consult in your own practice, with 8-12 patients sequentially, over an extended period of time and also deliver a facilitated, 6 session lifestyle program (developed by recognisable experts and endorsed by the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine ASLM) that is aimed at improving health and managing weight.

PSMA:WM offer patients peer support, extended time with you and your team as well as improved health and weight self-management outcomes 2.

PSMA:WM offer you a novel way to practise that, is not only very satisfying professionally, but also improves outcomes and efficiencies. (PSMAs can be financially self-sustaining.)

PSMA in Weight Management is a turn-key package. We (LMP) supply staff training (with online or face to face options), the license and resources kit to run the facilitated patient program in your practice.

‘Programmed Shared Medical Appointments in weight management are effective, efficient and fun.’ (Dr Brett Tomson’ G.P. and owner of Milton Medical Centre NSW)

Shared Medical Appointments are well documented in the literature for improving outcomes and efficiencies especially in lifestyle related illness 3,4.

Program Shared Medical Appointments (pSMA) however, go even further and provide a sequence of SMAs in a semi-structured form providing discrete educational input relating to a specific topic 5.

We have tested the pSMA process and weight management program as well as the accompanying resources in a recent trial that was published in the Australian Journal of General Practice 2. and the results are compelling.

Some of the outcomes reported include:

  • Of 216 participants starting the program, 166 (76.8%), completed at least 4 of 6 sessions (hereafter called ‘adherers’. Non adheres were used as a control.)
  • 80% of adherers lost some weight, on average 3.2% of body mass at 12 months (95% confidence interval [CI]: 2.2,4.3; P <0.001), compared to no change with non-adherers.
  • Clinically significant weight losses of >5% body weight were achieved by 46% of male adherers (95% CI [33.1,58.5] ) and 35% of female adherers (95%CI) and maintained at 12 months post program.

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Training can be customised to meet your organisation’s needs and we have a refund policy that returns your license fees after the first session if you are not fully satisfied with the PSMA in Weight Management package. (Licence fees for single PHCs range from $2 to $7k for 2 years. Training and the resource kit are customised to your needs and circumstance)

If you are sending overweight and obese patients home from your practice without an effective plan, if you are frustrated by current consulting constraints then you could be enjoying PSMA in Weight Management with your patients within the next month.

Call or email us now to find out more.

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