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Table 6 Types of health care professionals involved in the programs

From: Weight management in Canada: an environmental scan of health services for adults with obesity

  Surgical programs Non-surgical community-based programs Non-surgical primary health care programs Non-surgical hospital-based programs
Physician 23/24 2/34 21/42 2/7
  (96%) *, †, ‡ (6%) *, § (50%) †, § (29%) ‡
     - General practitioner 4/24 2/34 16/42 0/7
  (17%) (6%) § (38%) § (0%)
     - Specialist 4/24 0/34 8/42 1/7
  (17%) (0%) (19%) (14%)
     - Internist 7/24 0/34 3/42 1/7
  (29%) * (0%) * (7%) (14%)
     - Surgeon 22/24 0/34 0/42 0/7
  (92%) *, †, ‡ (0%) * (0%) † (0%) ‡
Nurse 20/24 6/34 18/42 2/7
  (83%) *, † (18%) * (43%) † (29%)
Mental health professional 16/24 8/34 20/42 3/7
  (66%) * (24%) * (48%) (43%)
     - Psychiatrist 7/24 0/34 1/42 0/7
  (29%) *, † (0%) * (2%) † (0%)
     - Psychologist 9/24 4/34 16/42 1/7
  (38%) (12%) (38%) (14%)
     - Social worker 10/24 5/34 5/42 2/7
  (42%) † (15%) (12%) † (29%)
Dietitian 23/24 21/34 33/42 7/7
  (96%) * (62%) * (79%) (100%)
Physical activity specialist 7/24 11/34 22/42 3/7
  (29%) (32%) (52%) (43%)
CCPGO recommendation for the health care team # 7/24 2/34 13/42 2/7
  (29%) (6%) § (31%) § (29%)
  1. Note:
  2. # The CCPGO recommend that the multidisciplinary team should include a coordinating health professional (who may be a primary care physician, medical specialist or registered nurse), a dietitian, a physical activity specialist and a clinical psychologist. [10] We considered all categories of mental health professional suitable for the role of ‘clinical psychologist’.
  3. Data are expressed as number (%).
  4. * Significant difference between surgical programs and community-based programs.
  5. † Significant difference between surgical programs and primary health care programs.
  6. ‡ Significant difference between surgical programs and hospital-based programs.
  7. § Significant difference between community-based programs and primary health care programs.
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