“Patients must feel that you are empathetic and do not judge them. This is key not only to discussing weight, but to any subject that comes up,” said Dr Windel Stracener, a family practitioner for 22 years.
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A recent opinion piece by Struyvenberg et al. aims to address the existing myths, remove the current confusion, and function as a practical guide to the diagnosis and treatment of EPI.
Building on previous algorithms, the 2017 edition includes an updated section on lifestyle therapy as well as a discussion of all classes of obesity, antihyperglycemic, lipid-lowering, and hypertensive medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through December 2016.
Patrice Harris, MD, Chair, AMA Board of Trustees, discusses how clinicians can help patients stay on track and keep their New Year’s Resolutions.