Scale the dizzy heights of obesity

Gnanapragasam, Vasa
October 2003
GP: General Practitioner;10/13/2003, p90
There is a lack of convincing evidence for a relationship between intervention and improved outcomes in obesity, so one can understand why the measurement of height and weight do not feature as clinical quality indicators in the new GMS contract. However, given the increasing prevalence of obesity and its impact on mortality and morbidity, it will not be long before it becomes an organisational indicator. The local delivery plans signed up to by all PCTs refer to the management of patients with a BMI of greater than 30. Given this, and the fact that the pharmaceutical industry has at last discovered a few effective and safe agents.


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