Carrie L. Matteson

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OBJECTIVES We demonstrate the use of a systems-based framework to assess solutions to complex health problems such as obesity. METHODS We coded 12 documents published between 2004 and 2013 aimed at influencing obesity planning for complex systems design (9 reports from US and Canadian governmental or health authorities, 1 Cochrane review, and 2 Institute(More)
As obesity continues to increase throughout theworld, there is still no well-defined solution to the issue. Reducing obesity poses a significant challenge for the health care system because it is a complex problem with numerous interconnections and elements. The complexity of obesity challenges traditional primary care practices that have been structured to(More)
Public policy aimed at reducing obesity is just one of many avenues that must be pursued to address the still-growing obesity pandemic. The complexity of the problem is illustrated in ecological frameworks and system maps of the determinants. These conceptual maps illustrate the complexity by acknowledging the influence of many different factors such as(More)
Individuals seeking healthcare treatment in the context of obesity often experience difficulty engaging in discussions around their health and face challenges finding consensus with practitioners on care plans that best suit their lives. The complex set of biological, social, and environmental variables that have contributed to the higher prevalence of(More)
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