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Understanding your patient’s experience of how weight relates to their chronic disease

Learn how to understand your patient’s experience of how weight relates to their chronic disease

Overweight or obesity is not necessarily going to be a driver for patient’s seeking treatment for the symptoms they experience as a result of their chronic disease. It is important to understand the patient’s perspective regarding the relationship between their body weight, and the symptoms relating to their chronic disease.

You could start by saying any of the following:

"For some people, body weight influences their chronic disease symptoms." "Were you aware of the link between body weight and chronic disease?" "Have you noticed whether your chronic disease symptoms have changed at all or if your weight has changed?" "Some people have found that their chronic disease symptoms have got worse or better when they gained or lost some weight. Has that ever been the case for you?"

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EduWeight: Weight Management for Adult Patients with Chronic Disease

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