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This Issue: Chronic Disease Care | Table of Contents: Spring 2016 |

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VA holds state of the art conference on weight management


Exercise, diet, and other weight-management strategies were discussed at a VA research conference that will be summarized in a 2017 journal publication. <em>(Photo: ©iStock/gradyreese)</em>
Exercise, diet, and other weight-management strategies were discussed at a VA research conference that will be summarized in a 2017 journal publication. (Photo: ©iStock/gradyreese)

Exercise, diet, and other weight-management strategies were discussed at a VA research conference that will be summarized in a 2017 journal publication. (Photo: ©iStock/gradyreese)

On March 7-8 2016, VA's Health Service Research and Development (HSR&D) service held a state of the art (SOTA) conference to discuss issues relating to weight management. More than 40 VA and outside experts participated.

Conference attendees divided into three workgroups on the subject: bariatric surgery, pharmacotherapy, and behavioral interventions. On the first day, each work group addressed evidence on effective treatment, barriers, and facilitators for delivering proven therapies to Veterans in their workgroup area. On day two, all work groups presented a summary of their deliberations.

The entire group worked together to address the challenges of developing an integrated, patient-centered program to deliver different options to Veterans, and to monitor the course of the therapy Veterans choose.

Papers derived from the meeting will appear in a special supplement of The Journal of General Internal Medicine in 2017 on the topic of obesity.

SOTA conferences bring together an invited multidisciplinary group of VA and non-VA experts to synthesize what is known and what needs to be known about topics critical to the health and well-being of Veterans. These conferences also promote the implementation of findings that improve quality of care and contribute to more effective management and more relevant research.


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