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Developing a Weight Management Program in a
Community Setting

Amee D Mistry, Karen W Lee, and Matthew R Machado


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Background: Managing body weight is important for a patient’s overall well-being. Developing a weight management program for patients is a basis for providing structure and assistance to patients who may not understand what is necessary to achieve a healthy body weight.

Objective: To describe implementation of a pharmacist-run weight management program in a community pharmacy.

Methods: From July to December 2007, we created a weight management program which was implemented in January 2008 in a community pharmacy setting by utilizing nutritional information readily available online, purchasing commercially available weight management machines, and offering counseling sessions.

Results: Preliminary results show that patients have been able to decrease their weight with the assistance of this pharmacist-run program.

CONCLUSIONS: A community pharmacy–based weight management program can assist patients in decreasing their total body weight and give pharmacists an opportunity to be involved in managing obesity.

J Pharm Technol 2011;27:229-38.

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