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Do you feel confident discussing obesity with patients?

C+D spoke to pharmacist Meera Hathi to discuss techniques for broaching the sensitive topic of weight loss


Patients who are obese or overweight are at an increased risk of many serious conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease. Pharmacy teams should be having regular discussions with patients about losing weight, but how often do you have impactful conversations around this topic?

C+D clinical editor Kristoffer Stewart spoke to Ms Hathi, pharmacist at Well Pharmacy in Kingsbury, London to discuss:

  • how she thinks pharmacists should approach patients about weight loss
  • how to overcome barriers to counselling patients about obesity
  • options available to patients who are struggling to manage their weight.

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Lucky Ex-Boots Slave, Primary care pharmacist

The real question should be - do you even have time? I bet most don't even have time for a proper lunch break or to go to the loo, let alone spending 10 mins discussing obesity. Oh wait do we get paid for doing this? No. End of 

gareth evans, Locum pharmacist

I run my own pharmacy weight management clinics and with great success. I base my advice and support around the health benefits of weight loss, often through MURs and NMS. Using evidence based options (eg Lipotrim pharmacy programme (mentioned), Portion Plate, etc) produces results and well earned patient funded remuneration. It does pay clinically and financially.

David Moore, Locum pharmacist

Discuss with an overweight female?? Check your life insurance policy first!

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