Year of Publication

2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Julie Ossege

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Joseph Flynn

Committee Member

Dr. Sharon Lock

Abstract

Purpose: The overall aim of this project was to gather information from two groups of stakeholders, providers and patients, on the feasibility of implementing prevention practitioners in the primary care system to address overweight and obesity.

Methods: This study utilized a quantitative descriptive design through the use of electronic surveys. Provider surveys were explained and presented during a monthly provider meeting. Patient flyers were posted in exam rooms and surveys were accessible through a provided link and QR code.

Results: Providers (N=10) agreed that they saw a need for the use of a prevention practitioner (Mean=4.44, SD=.88) as well as value added to patient outcomes with the use of a prevention practitioner program (Mean=4.56, SD=.88). Likewise, patients (N=25) expressed an overwhelming interest in a prevention program offered through the primary care office (Mean=4.30, SD=.80) as well as services to help motivate, encourage and follow-up with patient’s lifestyle change behaviors (Mean=4.20, SD=.83).

Conclusion: This study suggests that both providers and patients are supportive of the idea of a practitioner situated in primary care, responsible for motivating and encouraging patients to reach their maximum health potential.

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