The Open Nutrition Journal




ISSN: 1874-2882 ― Volume 12, 2018
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Management Strategy of Obesity in the Public Health System: Proposal of a New Model to Optimize Human Resources and Patient’s Motivation



Massimo Pellegrini1, Michael Kob2, Rita Trovato2, Marion Schrei2, Valentina Corazzini2, Nicoletta Facchin2, Mariantonietta Mazzoldi3, Lucio Lucchin2, *
1 Department of Diagnostic, Clinical and Public Health Medicine, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Via Campi 287, Modena, 41125, Italy & Azienda Usl of Reggio Emilia - IRCCS, Via Amendola, 2 - 42122 Reggio Emilia, Italy
2 Dietetic and Clinical Nutrition Unit, Health District of Bolzano, Lorenz-Böhler Street 5, Bolzano, 39100, Italy
3 Clinical Psychological Unit Health District of Bolzano, Lorenz-Böhler Street 5, Bolzano, 39100, Italy

Abstract

Introduction:

Obesity, a disease characterized by an excess of adipose tissue, is a worldwide issue of growing interest in public health.

Methods:

The multifactorial etiology and pathogenesis of obesity strongly orient the scientific community in considering it as a chronic disease without an effective therapy that works for all patients affected by this clinical condition. This leads to a proliferation of non-scientific and dangerous treatment proposals and fake news. The Dietetic and Clinical Nutrition Unit at Bolzano Hospital in Italy has adopted a new strategy based on transparency to optimize time for the first visit and particularly to increase patients’ knowledge and motivation.

Results:

This new strategy provides a preliminary consultation between patients who ask for a nutritional examination and a clinical team composed of a clinician, a dietician and a psychologist. We discuss the preliminary results obtained during the period between February 2010 and March 2016.

Keywords: Obesity, Public health system, Adipose tissue, Clinical Nutrition, Aetiology, Pathogenesis.


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Identifiers and Pagination:

Year: 2018
Volume: 12
First Page: 3
Last Page: 9
Publisher Id: TONUTRJ-12-3
DOI: 10.2174/1874288201812010003

Article History:

Received Date: 17/02/2018
Revision Received Date: 15/04/2018
Acceptance Date: 16/04/2018
Electronic publication date: 30/04/2018
Collection year: 2018

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Dietetic and Clinical Nutrition Unit, Health District of Bolzano, Lorenz-Böhler Street 5, Bolzano, 39100, Italy; Tel: +39 0471 908545; Fax: +39 0471 908707; E-mail: lucio.lucchin@sabes.it


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