Obesity and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know

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Overview / Abstract:

Program Overview
Multiple studies have demonstrated that patients with obesity are at increased risk for more severe COVID-19 disease. Physiological, anatomical, and psychological factors underly this increased risk and should be considered as patients with obesity are counseled about preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection and during the management of those who have COVID-19. Fortunately, guidance is being developed by the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO). In particular, the EASO recommends that clinicians continue to implement obesity management strategies despite social distancing or quarantine.

COVID-19 is a new disease and the understanding of its pathophysiology and treatment continues to evolve. In addition to information about managing patients with obesity, clinicians need to remain current to understand how recommended therapies work and optimize their use as they become available. The program, “Obesity and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know,” will provide information that clinicians require to appropriately advise patients with obesity on how to avoid infection, monitor their patients with obesity who develop COVID-19, and recognize and manage complications as they occur to minimize morbidity and mortality

Welcome and introductions
Understanding the Pathophysiology of COVID-19
Factors that Increase the Risks of COVID-19 for Patients with Obesity
Developing Strategies to Manage Patients with Obesity during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Learning Objectives
The proposed initiative is designed to address ACGME and NAM competencies, including delivering patient-centered care and practicing evidence-based medicine.

This program is designed to address ACPE competencies, including foundational knowledge, essentials for practice and care, and approaches to practice and care.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

Discuss the most current understanding of the pathophysiology of COVID-19
Describe factors that increase the risks of COVID-19 for patients with obesity
Develop strategies for individualized management of patients with obesity during the COVID-19 pandemic
Provide counsel to patients with obesity regarding concerns or fears related to COVID-19


Sep 25, 2021


Nursing CNE, Pharmacy CPE, Physician CME



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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

J. Morgan Freiman, MD, MSc
Infectious Diseases Physician
Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA
Founder, ConscienHealth
Pittsburgh, PA

Donna H. Ryan, MD
Professor Emerita
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
New Orleans, LA

Bridget M. Slusarek, RN, BSN, MBA
Registered Nurse
Forest Lake, MN

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Supported by an educational grant from Novo Nordisk Inc.

Keywords / Search Terms

Relias LLC COVID-19, Primary Care, Obesity, Relias LLC Free CE CME

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