Adjunct Professor/Lead Evaluator St. Ambrose University Davenport, Iowa
Despite educational campaigns, increased awareness and improved treatment options, the high prevalence of mental illness and co-morbid obesity remain a serious problem that is a challenge in practice. It is vital to understand how to open the door for weight management discussion with mental health patients. We will help you understand the connection between physical and psychological health to optimize the care received and minimize risks. Explore obesity in people with severe mental illness, the effects of psychiatric medications on weight and the patient's self-esteem and tips on talking with patients about weight issues.
Demonstrate and describe the quality improvement process to solve an issue.
Describe the impacts of obesity on mental health patients' self-esteem, quality of life and decision-making.
List ways on how care providers can talk with mental health patients about weight management.