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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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Nursing
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Doctoral Dissertation (Campus-only Access)
Hyer, Suzanne, "Factors Influencing Nurse Practitioners' Weight Management Practices in Primary Care" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 6510.