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Adult Weight Management

AWM: Scope of Guideline (2014)

Guideline Scope Characteristics

Below you will find a list of characteristics that describe the Scope of this Guideline.

Disease/Condition(s)

The purpose of this guideline is to provide evidence-based recommendations for registered dietitian nutritionists in providing medical nutrition therapy for adult weight management. 

Guideline Category

Counseling, Diagnosis, Evaluation, Management, Prevention, Risk Assessment, Screening, Treatment

Clinical Specialty

Cardiology, Endocrinology, Family Practice, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Nutrition, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, Pharmacology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Preventive Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Sleep Medicine, Sports Medicine, Surgery

Intended Users

Registered Dietitians, Advanced Practice Nurses, Allied Health Personnel, Clinical Laboratory Personnel, Health Care Providers, Hospitals, Managed Care Organizations, Nurses, Nurse Midwives, Optometrists, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Physician Assistants, Physicians, Psychologists/Non-physician Behavioral Health Clinicians, Public Health Departments, Social Workers

Guideline Objective(s)

Overall Objective

To provide evidence-based recommendations on medical nutrition therapy for adult weight management.

Specific Objectives

  • To define evidence-based nutrition recommendations for RDNs that are carried out in collaboration with other healthcare providers
  • To guide practice decisions that integrate medical, nutritional and behavioral strategies
  • To reduce variations in practice among RDNs
  • To provide the RDN with evidence-based practice recommendations to adjust MNT or recommend other therapies to achieve positive outcomes
  • To develop guidelines for interventions that have measurable clinical outcomes
  • To promote optimal nutrition support within the cost constraints of the healthcare environment.

Target Population

Adult (19 to 44 years), Middle Age (45 to 64 years), Aged (65 to 79 years), Advanced Aged (80 years and over), Male, Female

Target Population Description

Overweight/obese adults.
 

Interventions and Practices Considered

This guideline is based on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process and Model, which involves the following steps:
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Nutrition diagnosis
  • Nutrition intervention
  • Nutrition monitoring and evaluation.

 
 

 Major Outcomes Considered

This guideline is based on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Care Process and Model, which involves the following steps:
  • Nutrition assessment
  • Nutrition diagnosis
  • Nutrition intervention
  • Nutrition monitoring and evaluation.