“Exercise is a form of medicine”

July 25, 2013

 Source: NHS Choices.

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Date of publication: 1st July, 2013.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: Learn more about one woman’s mission to promote the provision of personalised exercise programmes for patients to community practitioners.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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A qualitative study on patients’ and physicians’ visions for the future management of overweight or obesity

February 21, 2012

Source: Family Practice, 2012, 29 (1), p. 103-109.

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Date of publication: February, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This qualitative study analyses the views of both patients and physicians in relation to future management of obesity in primary care. It reveals a high level of agreement between these two groups with regard to the communication requirements for successful care and the need for multimodal care concepts in and out of the GP practice.

Length of publication: 7 pages.

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Comparison of range of commercial or primary care led weight reduction programmes with minimal intervention control for weight loss in obesity: Lighten Up randomised controlled trial.

December 1, 2011

Source: BMJ, 2011, 343:d6500

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Date of publication: 3rd November, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study reviewed the effectiveness of commercial weight loss programmes of 12 weeks duration in comparison with those led by health care professionals in primary care.  The study found that commercial programmes achieved significantly greater weight loss and were cheaper than the primary care programmes at programme end.

Length of publication: 16 pages.


Parents’ views and experiences of childhood obesity management in primary care: a qualitative study.

December 1, 2011

Source: Family Practice, 2011, doi: 10.1093/fampra/cmr111

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Date of publication: 24th November, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: A study examining the views and experiences of parents of primary care as a treatment setting for childhood obesity management.  In-depth interviews found that parents expressed concerns about initiating a consultation for fear of being blamed for their child’s weight and were concerned about their child’s mental well-being.  Similarly, concerns were expressed about the knowledge, time and resources allocated to childhood obesity management in this setting.  The authors suggested that a multi-disciplinary approach may help address some of these concerns and provide a more effective service.

Length of publication: Epub ahead of print.

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.


The impact of school-time activity on total physical activity: the activitystat hypothesis (EarlyBird 46).

October 26, 2011

Title: The impact of school-time activity on total physical activity: the activitystat hypothesis (EarlyBird 46).

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2011, 35 (10), p. 1277-1283.

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Date of publication: October, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: An observational study which explored the hypothesis that asked whether more physical activity in school time was compensated for by less physical activity at other times.  The study found that increased physical activity at one time would indeed be compensated with lower physical activity levels at another. The authors proposed that this may have a significant impact upon the success of physical activity programmes aimed at tackling child obesity.

Length of publication: 7 pages.

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Families fit for life, Knowsley.

September 12, 2011

Title: Families fit for life, Knowsley.

Source: Local Government Improvement and Development

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Date of publication: 7th September, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: A look back over a health and fitness programme aimed at  families living in the Knowsley area who experience difficulties and and have children under 5 years of age .  It consists of a mixture of group sessions and home-based support aimed at improving the physical and mental well-being of these families.  The project is due to run until 2012.

Length of publication: 1 page.

 


Primary care referral to a commercial provider for weight loss treatment versus standard care: a randomised controlled trial.

September 12, 2011

Title: Primary care referral to a commercial provider for weight loss treatment versus standard care: a randomised controlled trial.

Source: The Lancet, 2011, 376 (early view – articles in press)

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Date of publication: September, 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This RCT compared weight loss in patients given standard treatment with those who had been referred to a commercial community provider, namely Weight Watchers.  The findings suggest that referral to such community weight loss programmes which provide regular weighing, dietary and exercise advice, as well as group support can result in patients losing significantly more weight over a 12 month period.

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