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Developing dimensions for a multicomponent multidisciplinary approach to obesity management: a qualitative study


Cochrane, AJ and Dick, B and King, NA and Hills, AP and Kavanagh, DJ, Developing dimensions for a multicomponent multidisciplinary approach to obesity management: a qualitative study, BMC Public Health, 17 pp. 1-15. ISSN 1471-2458 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4834-2


Background: There have been consistent recommendations for multicomponent and multidisciplinary approaches for obesity management. However, there is no clear agreement on the components, disciplines or processes to be considered within such an approach. In this study, we explored multicomponent and multidisciplinary approaches through an examination of knowledge, skills, beliefs, and recommendations of stakeholders involved in obesity management. These stakeholders included researchers, practitioners, educators, and patients.

Methods: We used qualitative action research methods, including convergent interviewing and observation, to assist the process of inquiry.

Results: The consensus was that a multicomponent and multidisciplinary approach should be based on four central meta-components (patient, practitioner, process, and environmental factors), and specific components of these factors were identified. Psychologists, dieticians, exercise physiologists and general practitioners were nominated as key practitioners to be included.

Conclusions: A complex condition like obesity requires that multiple components be addressed, and that both patients and multiple disciplines are involved in developing solutions. Implementing cycles of continuous improvement to deal with complexity, instead of trying to control for it, offers an effective way to deal with complex, changing multisystem problems like obesity.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:action research, convergent interviewing, multicomponent, multidisciplinary, obesity, weight management
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)
ID Code:124029
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:15
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-02-06
Last Modified:2018-09-13
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