The relationship between doctor and patient could influence weight loss efforts, study suggests
It is widely believed that weight loss depends on a person’s own will and determination. But a new study suggests that doctors can play important role in helping people lose weight.
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The study was published on journal Patient Education and Counseling. It reviewed the survey data of more than 300 obese people. The people who found their doctors helpful and supportive lost twice as many pounds than those who did not.
A total of 347 patients participated in a government-funded clinical trial for weight loss. Of those patients, 63 percent were female and 37 percent male. All of them had one of three risk factors (high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes) that can lead to heart disease.
Upon the completion of the trial, patients were asked to fill out survey regarding their relationship with their doctors. Those, who rated their doctor’s support helpful, have lost an average of 11 pound, compared to just 5 pounds for those gave their doctor’s support low ratings. The overall weight loss rate was modest nevertheless.
Good commutation, empathy and collaboration between doctor and patient are always linked to the best outcomes. The new study also indicates that relationship between patient and doctors could influence weight loss efforts.
“This trial supports other evidence that provides are very important in their patients weight loss efforts.” Dr Wendy L. Bennett, assistant professor of medicine at John Hopkins University School of Medicine said in a statement.
According to statistics, more than one third of adults in United States are obese. Most of them receive either low or entirely no guidance from doctors.
“Many current weight loss programs are commercially run and patients often join these programs without their physician’s knowledge.”
“Incorporating physicians into future programs might lead patients to more successful weight loss."