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The more you learn and know the better you discuss your healthcare needs with your clinician.

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Once you have explored treatment options, it is important to share your concerns and preferences for each option.

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Once you are informed and have shared your concerns with your clinician, together you can decide on the best possible therapy.

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After you have made the decision it is valuable to have a plan to put it into action - what to do, how to do it and when.

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Activating patients through education, shared decision making, and self-management has been shown to improve health, therapy adherence, patient satisfaction, and reduce healthcare costs. PEPtools offers a way to improve interactions with your patients to empower them to actively engage in improving their health and healthcare.

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PEPtools Patient Talking Points

What makes us gain weight?

In 2015 The Obesity Society scientists issued a visual summary of current knowledge of what we know contributes to weight gain. They divided the factors between contributing factors from inside a person’s body and influences from outside the human body. While the image itself looks complicated it can be divided into 7 areas that we summarize here.


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Activate Your Health

A new study indicates that patient activation is changeable and that patients may become more or less activated at different times.* A very interesting point of this study is that if a patient’s activation level drops, their health suffers and healthcare costs go up! Less activated patients in this study were more likely to use emergency departments and/or be hospitalized.


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When does “Chubby” become a problem?

She had always described herself as “chubby” but had never considered herself obese.


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Primary Care Providers improve weight loss long-term

Several studies illustrate that group weight loss programs using behavioral nutrition therapy and conducted for 6-12 months in a PCP office setting can produce significant weight loss of 5-10%.


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PEPtools Clinician Talking Points

Activate Your Health

A new study indicates that patient activation is changeable and that patients may become more or less activated at different times.* A very interesting point of this study is that if a patient’s activation level drops, their health suffers and healthcare costs go up! Less activated patients in this study were more likely to use emergency departments and/or be hospitalized.


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Does body weight and diabetes go hand in hand?

The increase in both diabetes and prediabetes is anticipated to be due to an increase in obesity-the most important risk factor for diabetes. As the attached table shows the number of people with diabetes over the years is lowest in normal weight individuals (BMI under 25), higher in overweight individuals (BMI 25-29), and highest in people suffering from obesity (BMI over 30).


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Primary Care Providers improve weight loss long-term

Several studies illustrate that group weight loss programs using behavioral nutrition therapy and conducted for 6-12 months in a PCP office setting can produce significant weight loss of 5-10%.


Read More