Module D: The Case Manager’s Role in Obesity Care

CE Credits: 1.5


This module covers the best practices of a comprehensive care plan for obese patients: one that is agreeable to the patient, as well as achievable and measurable. The module offers examples of healthy portions of foods to help patients improve eating habits, and specific goals about increasing exercise over the course of 6 months. To help patients achieve those goals, the module also details the basics of culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS) as well as motivational interviewing, an evidence-based, interactive technique for counseling patients, which can boost their chances of sticking with the recommended treatment. Finally, the module looks at the possible supports available to obesity patients, from family members to national weight loss and nutrition programs that could simplify or enhance a patient’s healthier lifestyle.

Learning objectives: After completing this module the case manager will be able to:
» Outline a care plan for the obese patient to achieve target weight
» Identify barriers to success and offer tips for success to the obese patient
» Discuss culturally-sensitive care planning for obese ethnic patients
» Discuss motivational interviewing techniques to support the obese patient
» Identify resources to support the obese patient

Advance your professional practice:: Case managers are instrumental in helping obese patients start—and even more important, continue—a regimen of weight loss through healthier eating and increased exercise. By understanding the building blocks of a successful care plan, and being able to educate and empower patients to execute (and trouble-shoot) that plan, we increase chances of success.


Improve organizational performance: The costs of obesity can be high for patients and healthcare organizations, due to the high risk of chronic or acute complications. When the healthcare team understands the most effective care plans for obesity, we can support those efforts with a full slate of services and referrals to available programs. As a result, we can reduce the chances of complications and hospitalizations due to obesity.