Structural racism and systemic barriers to health care access can lead to increased risk and burden in surgical weight-loss procedures. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia report a 35% or higher prevalence rate of obesity in non-Hispanic Black adults. It is well established that obesity contributes to worse health outcomes. In order to mitigate disparities and ensure access to surgical weight-loss procedures, it is imperative that health care providers (HCPs) are aware of their own implicit/explicit biases about candidacy for weight loss treatment or bariatric surgery. Similarly, there is a need to develop interprofessional team approaches to care in order to improve on both preventative and follow-up care in patients with obesity.
This CMEOCast podcast will focus on the negative impact of inequitable access on surgical weight-loss procedures, including the key contributing factors for disparities in weight-loss surgery and strategies for mitigating these disparities.
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Physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician associates (PAs), nurses, and pharmacists
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