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The national epidemic of obesity in the United States continues to raise significant concerns about the associated shot- and long-term health implications, particularly in children. On April 9, 2003, the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation held a forum to share information on programs, research and evidence-based efforts, and successful prevention and treatment options.
Dr. Michael Rich
, Director of CMCH,
presented his innovative research method called Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA). This technique calls for giving camcorders to participants to document their lives, then using qualitative analysis methods to review the tapes and gather data. Dr. Rich has used this technique with overweight adolescents to learn more about their experiences.
Dr. Rich comments Ultimately, when patients teach clinicians what they experience and what they need, we hope that both will engage more fully in the therapeutic endeavor, and clinical care will become both more humane and more effective.
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