Table 1

Obesity Care Barriers Identified During Focus Group Sessions

Lack of knowledge about VA weight management services and patient educational materials

Lack of time for patient counseling

Cynicism about effectiveness of obesity counseling and treatments

Lack of patient interest and readiness for change

Inadequate training in effective weight counseling, nutrition, behavioral modification

Lack of infrastructure support of weight-related referral services

Complex patients: more serious comorbid conditions demand majority of visit time and older patients may have functional limitations that prohibit physical activities

Forman-Hoffman et al. BMC Family Practice 2006 7:35   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-7-35

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