John Stevens RN PHD FACN is a health sociologist and Associate Professor with Southern Cross University’s School of Health and Human Sciences in Australia. In 2008 John co-founded the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine and remains an executive member of the Board. With over 30 years of experience in clinical practice (as a registered nurse), teaching and research he has developed a strong academic and innovation focus in professional development especially for clinicians in Primary Care, Musculo-Skeletal care and Chronic Disease Management.
Shared medical appointments for weight loss: A proof of concept trial
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This paper describes a proof of concept trial examining Programmed Shared Medical Appointments (pSMAs) in South East NSW. The trial was undertaken through partnership between: 1) Coordinare (South East NSW PHN); 2) the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM); 3) 7 Medical and 1 Aboriginal Health Service within the network; and 4) over 250 patients at these 8 centres. Staff at the Medical Centres and Aboriginal Health Service were trained as Shared Medical Appointment facilitators and in the delivery of a dedicated, gender specific, weight control program which was based largely on the successful GutBuster waist lost program developed by Dr Garry Egger. The 6 month post-exposure program results show that most Indigenous and Non Indigenous participants lost significant percentages of weight and reductions in waist circumference. As well, provider and patient overall satisfaction with the program was high and a range of other measures indicated positive physiological changes occurred in the majority of these patients.