Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Lifestyle Interventions for Weight Control

What is the comparative effectiveness in comparison to usual care of scalable alternatives for delivery of evidence-based, comprehensive, lifestyle interventions for weight control that physicians can prescribe to patients either within the primary care setting or by referral within the community?

What kinds of infrastructure changes are needed within the primary care setting to increase the effectiveness of these interventions?

What is optimal role of PCPs in managing obesity using comprehensive lifestyle intervention, e.g. as trained interventionists (currently reimbursed by CMS), by referring patients to appropriate programs or practitioners and checking weight management progress at regular intervals?

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