Extension of the 5As Team Study for Improved Provider Obesity Management to Physicians and Medical Trainees (Part 2) (5AsT-MD2)
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Results from the 5As Team (5AsT) Study have identified critical gaps in medical school curricula on obesity, leading to a wave of new family physicians who lack confidence and are poorly equipped to manage obesity with their patients. In an effort to address this gap, all first year medical residents training in family medicine at the University of Alberta during the 2015/2016 year will be required to take a 2 day workshop in Obesity Management as part of the Doctor-Patient Relationship Course. The comprehensive workshop provides medical residents with knowledge and training in obesity prevention and management through didactic lectures, experiential learning, and clinical practice. Participants were asked to complete and submit pre- and post- workshop assessment measuring self-reported confidence on aspects of weight management counselling, narrative reflections regarding the experiential components of the course, and measures to assess beliefs and attitudes towards people living with obesity. The purpose of our program evaluation was to assess the program's impact on residents' knowledge of obesity and attitude towards counselling patients with obesity, as well as to refine and further develop the course. Evaluation of the 5AsT-MD pilot project shows increases of residents' understanding of the complexity and chronicity of obesity, and an uptake of the 5As framework and tools by residents to improve confidence and success of their weight management practice.
Changes in Attitudes Towards Obese Persons (ATOP) [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 weeks ]
Self-reported measure about a person's attitudes towards obese persons to see whether their attitude towards people living with obesity changed as a result of the knowledge gained through the obesity management workshop.
Changes in Beliefs About Obese Persons (BAOP) [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 weeks ]
Self-reported measure about a person's beliefs about obese persons to see whether their beliefs about people living with obesity changed as a result of the knowledge gained through the obesity management workshop.
Changes in Self-Reported Comfort Level (Pre- and Post- Assessment Scale) [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 weeks ]
The pre- and post- questionnaire is a self-reported measure of the resident's comfort level around each of the 5 areas of the 5A's Obesity Management. Questions related to each element of the 5A's are rated using a 5 point Likert Scale.
Qualitative: Narrative Reflections [ Time Frame: baseline, 3 weeks ]
Personal reflection on how the experience and the workshop made the person feel. These will be analyzed using qualitative analysis to see how the workshop may have affected views, beliefs and their practice.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
19 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
First year medical residents who are training in family medicine at the University of Alberta.
Participants must be first year medical residents training in family medicine at the University of Alberta. They will be recruited from the Obesity Management Workshop that is a required component of their course on Doctor-Patient Relationships. All participants must be over the age of 18 and be able to communicate effectively in English.
If participants are unable to communicate effectively in English, they will not be able to participate in the study. The Obesity Management Workshop will be presented in English and participants must be able to understand the presentation and written documents that they are being asked to complete.