Developing and supporting research-based initiatives to improve obesity care and prevention

STOP analyzes and publishes data related to coverage and the costs of obesity, including direct medical and employer-borne costs, but also those related to stigma and bias that impact quality of care. Click the topics below to explore this content.



Obesity Quality Measures

Quality Measurement Gaps and Future Directions in the Assessment of Obesity

"The disease of obesity continues to increase in prevalence and severity yet obesity care, treatment, and coverage are scarce. Progress has been made in the development and implementation of quality measures in clinical practice and organizational performance. However, major gaps and limitations exist in the context of measuring guideline-based clinical care for obesity."

Read the Quality Measurement publication



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Assessing Provider Knowledge and Attitudes

Explore STOP Obesity Alliance Research

The DocStyles web-based survey instrument, developed and administered by Porter Novelli, contains 144 questions designed to provide insight into health care professionals’ (HCPs) attitudes and counseling behaviors on a variety of health issues. Beginning in 2015, STOP purchased space to include a handful of obesity-specific questions to assess HCPs’ beliefs, practices, and knowledge regarding effective treatment modalities and current clinical guidelines for obesity management.

The 2016 survey assessed health care professionals’ (HCPs’) knowledge of evidence-based guidelines for nonsurgical treatment of obesity. The results indicate that most providers lack knowledge and understanding of recommended obesity treatments, such as behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy. Providers cite lack of time, lack of reimbursement, and lack of knowledge as major barriers to treating patients with obesity. The research was published in the journal Obesity in March of 2018.

The 2015 survey found that despite the high prevalence of obesity among U.S. adults, provision of intensive behavioral counseling, pharmacotherapy, and bariatric surgery remains low. STOP researchers published two articles with results from the 2015 survey.

Visit: "Health care providers' attitudes and counseling behaviors related to obesity"

Visit: "Current Knowledge of Obesity Treatment Guidelines by Health Care Professionals"

Download: "Current attitudes and practices of obesity counselling by health care providers" (PDF)

Download: "Current practices of obesity pharmacotherapy, bariatric surgery referral and coding for counselling by healthcare professionals"(PDF)



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Integrated Framework for Care

An Integrated Framework for the Prevention and Treatment of Obesity and its Related Chronic Diseases

STOP Director, Dr. Bill Dietz, published an article in Health Affairs in 2015, along with a group of co-authors with expertise in research, clinical care, health policy, and public health. The article offered a new model for addressing the obesity epidemic, one that reaches beyond clinical intervention to include community systems as well. The paper proposes a modern framework, integrated in its approach to address both the prevention and treatment of obesity and its related chronic diseases. Accompanying the article is a figure which illustrates this proposed framework.

Download: "An Integrated Framework For The Prevention And Treatment Of Obesity And Its Related Chronic Diseases" (PDF)