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Creating a Respectful Environment

Only one in 11 physicians has a scale that goes over 300 pounds. That is just one example of how health care settings have not kept pace with the reality of a heavier population. With more than 60 percent of American adults overweight and a quarter of those obese, a practice setting that is not designed with large patients in mind is dangerously antiquated. Through information, resources, and check lists this module will help you answer:

What factors should I keep in mind when purchasing equipment?

How can we change procedures to make sure patients of all sizes receive thorough, respectful exams?


All documents are in PDF format.

Title Page
Introduction and Summary
Checklist for Assessing Office Environment
Promoting a Positive Office Environment
Sensitive Weighing Procedures
Finding Appropriate Medical Equipment
Sensitive Treatment of Obese Patients
Sensitive Treatment – Discussion
Assessment and Management of Adult Obesity
Medical Care for Obese Patients