AACE to Offer New Obesity Guidelines, Tools
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 07:43 PM

Still more changes are coming to the advice that the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists gives to clinicians for managing obese patients.  AACE is expected to release new evidence-based guidelines for managing obesity, as well as a "toolkit" for clinicians, in the next few months. The association now relies on a "framework," or algorithm, that clinicians can use to treat the disease, but it isn't evidence-based, said Timothy Garvey, MD, who is chair of the AACE Obesity Scientific Committee and a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

"We really don't have evidence-based guidelines to base our algorithm upon," he said at a press conference at the annual meeting of AACE on May 13. "The evaluation of evidence will either support, refute, or lead to modification of that algorithm."

The new guidelines will be comprehensive, and will address practical issues of managing obesity. And the upcoming toolkit will give clinicians access to information that can make caring for obese patients easier, said Garvey. Some of the tools are a new algorithm based on evidence, strategies for counseling with patients, suggestions for setting up an office, and an obesity-focused review of systems.

Source:  http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/AACE/51537