Empathy goes a long way in weight loss discussions.

  title={Empathy goes a long way in weight loss discussions.},
  author={Kathryn I. Pollak and Truls \Ostbye and Stewart C. Alexander and Margaret Gradison and Lori A Bastian and Rebecca J Namanek Brouwer and Pauline R. Lyna},
  journal={The Journal of family practice},
  volume={56 12},
PURPOSE This study explores how weight-related topics are discussed between physicians and their overweight and obese female patients. METHODS We surveyed and audio-recorded preventive health and chronic care visits with 25 overweight and obese female patients. We coded both for quantity (content and time) of weight-related discussions and quality (adherence to Motivational Interviewing [MI] techniques). We then tested correlations of these measures with patients' reported attempts to lose… CONTINUE READING

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