Integrating the transtheoretical model into the management of overweight and obese adults


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Abstract

PurposeTo show how the nurse practitioner (NP) can incorporate stage-specific interventions from the transtheoretical model in the management of overweight and obese adults.Data sourcesResearch articles, clinical articles, and government guidelines pertaining to the management of overweight and obesity in adults.ConclusionsOverweight and obesity are complex and chronic conditions that require lifelong management. The NP can help clients to safely and successfully lose weight by developing stage-specific interventions, by using an expert multidisciplinary team, and by providing ongoing monitoring and motivation.Implications for practiceThe prevalence of overweight and obesity continues to increase at an alarming rate and is a major public health concern. The NP has an important role in the assessment and management of clients with this condition.

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