Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2019

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Trina Larery

Second Advisor

Dr. Barbara McClaskey

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Carper


The obesity epidemic cannot be solved through a single solution. A complex problem like obesity requires an intricately designed approach, comprised of both behavioral and environmental changes (Centers for Disease Control, 2015). Obese adults who attempt to alter their lifestyles often experience barriers to success. One such barrier is a provider who may be unfamiliar with evidence-based lifestyle interventions. Research suggests large variances both in provider knowledge levels and practice recommendations associated with adult obesity. This study’s purpose was; to determine if provider recommendations reflected clinical practice guidelines (CPG) associated with adult obesity, to measure current levels of provider knowledge, and to improve provider knowledge levels through education. A survey was administered to nurse practitioners to determine their knowledge levels and current practice recommendations. Following review of education, participants completed a second survey to assess for improved levels of knowledge associated with evidence-based, adult obesity recommendations. Completion of a t-test indicated with statistical significance that participants’ knowledge levels improved following review of education. Qualitative results examining current provider recommendations highlighted interventions which were evidence-based, as well as those which were inconsistent with current guidelines. This study reinforced the idea that a provider has a responsibility to be aware of effective, evidence-based recommendations in order to provide their obese adult patient population with quality care.