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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Melissa Rouse


Obesity is one of the Healthy People 2020 high-priority public health issue. Obesity is of importance due to the troubling higher prevalence in women because of the close link that exists between body weight and reproductive health in females from menarche to menopause and beyond. The identification of guidelines to improve or manage the care of female patients can alleviate the burden and complications from being overweight or obese. This project guided by the ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate) model was conducted in a family primary care clinic to address a gap in practice, the lack of knowledge about evidence-based clinical practice guidelines targeted for management of the care of women who were overweight or obese. The Medscape 2019 Obesity Clinical Practice guideline (CPG) was the basis for the provider education. The practice focused question sought to find out if provider knowledge and intent to use the CPG would increase after education about a CPG to improve care for female adult patients diagnosed as overweight or obese. One physician and one physician assistant attended the in-person 45-minute PowerPoint presentation. Pre and post surveys were used to measure confidence with using the obesity clinical practice guideline and knowledge about treating women with obesity. In the post survey, they were asked the same questions as well about their intent to follow the guideline. After attending the education, the providers showed an improvement in knowledge and intent to use the CPG for treating female patients. This DNP project supports Walden University's mission to promote positive social change because it educated providers about a clinical practice guideline so they can better identify and address obesity in women.

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