The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, June 2012, recommends that clinicians screen all adult patients for obesity and offer intensive counseling and behavioral interventions to promote sustained weight loss for obese adults.
In addition, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI, 2011) Prevention and Management of Obesity (Mature Adolescents and Adults) provides the following guidance:
- Calculate the body mass index; classify the individual based on the body mass index categories. Educate patients about their body mass index and their associated risks.
- Weight management requires a team approach. Be aware of clinical and community resources. The patient needs to have an ongoing therapeutic relationship and follow-up with a health care team.
- Weight control is a lifelong commitment, and the health care team can assist with setting specific goals with the patient.
This measure assesses adults ages 18 through 85 who have had a minimum of one BMI Test annually.
Disclaimer: Measures reported by WCHQ healthcare
organizations represent a specific aspect of care in relation to an
evidence-based standard, but are not clinical guidelines and do not establish
standards of care.