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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Mini-clinic as a practical approach to manage obesity at Primary Health Care Centers in Saudi Arabia


Editor in Chief, Department of Family Medicine, General Directorate of Health Affairs, Aseer Region, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication12-Jun-2015

Correspondence Address:
Yahia M Al-Khaldi
Editor in Chief, Department of Family Medicine, General Directorate of Health Affairs, Aseer Region
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.158680

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Al-Khaldi YM. Mini-clinic as a practical approach to manage obesity at Primary Health Care Centers in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Obesity 2015;3:1

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Al-Khaldi YM. Mini-clinic as a practical approach to manage obesity at Primary Health Care Centers in Saudi Arabia. Saudi J Obesity [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Aug 26];3:1. Available from: http://www.saudijobesity.com/text.asp?2015/3/1/1/158680

According to many national studies, overweight and obesity affect more than 75% of adult population in Saudi Arabia. One practical approach to prevent and manage this prevalent problem is to have obesity relevant health services at Primary Health Care Settings. All over Saudi Arabia, there are a network of more than 2400 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs). In most of these PHCCs, there is what is known as "Chronic Diseases Clinics" which care mainly for patients with diabetes, hypertension, and bronchial asthma. These clinics are run by well-trained physicians and nurses who manage their patients depending on evidence-based guidelines. Implementation this approach could be utilized for patients suffer from overweight/obesity. To make this approach successful, "Obesity Mini-clinics" should be established and provided with relevant infrastructures: Weight/height scales, health education materials, registers, appointment/recall system in addition to well-trained doctors and nurses. One important issue in this regard is to make a referral to hospital accessible for those who may need secondary or specialized care particularly bariatric care.




 

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