Study findings suggest that group medical visits can turn the tide for patients with obesity who struggle to lose weight, offering them the chance to focus more intensely on eating habits and weight loss goals in a more supportive setting. There are a number of benefits to holding group medical visits for weight loss, said Ingrid Lobo, MD, an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine who has led group medical visits for five years in clinical practice. Studies show participants in group visits, which typically enroll up to 15 patients at a time for a predetermined number of sessions, had decreased hospitalizations, emergency room visits and subspecialty referrals, and that improved metabolic outcomes seem to be associated with the group visit curriculum. Visits also result in an overall decreased cost of care and increased provider productivity. Lobo I. Group medical visits for treatment of obesity. Presented at: Obesity Week; Nov. 2-6; Los Angeles.