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Brief training in primary care does not lead to weight loss in obese patients

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0-f

Training general practitioners and practice nurses on the management of obesity does not result in weight loss in their obese patients. In a cluster randomised trial that included 635 patients, Moore and colleagues (p 1085) evaluated the impact of a 4.5 hour training programme on weight management in 44 general practices in the United Kingdom. Although the staff had better knowledge of weight management strategies, these were seldom used and did not affect patients' weight loss.

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