Abstract

More American adults are overweight or obese than ever before. Nurse practitioners (NPs) play a critical and expanding role in primary care, which is an ideal setting for the assessment and management of weight loss. NPs can make a significant contribution to tackling the obesity crisis. The study presented here seeks to close the gap in data related to how NPs approach weight management with their primary care patients. This study focused on a comprehensive examination of the current practice patterns of NPs related to weight management, a theoretical concept analysis of weight bias among healthcare providers, along with the results of a cross-sectional survey that investigated primary care NPs' weight management practice patterns and the relationship among attitudes, perceived barriers, self-efficacy, perceived skill, and demographic characteristics. The results from this study may be applied to provider training and education for obesity and weight management that ultimately improves patients' health outcomes.

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Graduation Date

2019

Semester

Summer

Advisor

Edwards, Joellen

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

College

College of Nursing

Department

Nursing

Degree Program

Nursing

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0007658

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0007658

Language

English

Release Date

August 2022

Length of Campus-only Access

3 years

Access Status

Doctoral Dissertation (Campus-only Access)

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