Date of Award

Summer 8-22-2020

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Douglas M Turner, PhD, DNP, RN, CNE, NE-BC, NEA-BC


Practice Problem: This evidence-based practice project aimed to increase patient referrals to the MOVE program by educating providers about the importance and benefit of the Managing Obesity for Veterans Everywhere (MOVE) Program at the Biloxi, Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

PICOT: In obese, ambulatory care patients, what motivates increased referrals by practitioners to the MOVE Program to decrease BMI compared to the current referral system within two months?

Evidence: There was poor participation in the MOVE Program despite the high number of obese patients at the Biloxi, VA Medical Center. According to the data, only sixty of the 18,000 overweight, actively enrolled veterans are currently enrolled in the MOVE Program.

Intervention: The project improvement intervention for this project involved implementation of an in-service education for providers about the MOVE Program and the benefit that it can have to the patient regarding weight loss. All primary care providers were encouraged to attend and if unable to do so, they were given the information that was presented to educate them as well. The project was implemented over two months. The expected goal was that there would be a 10% increase in the number of currently enrolled patients.

Outcome: Despite the unforeseen consequences of COVID-19, the outcome was still achieved, and the goal was met and at the end of the two-month observation period, MOVE Program referrals increased by more than 10% referrals from the base number of 60 participants.

Conclusion: Subsequently, the data reflects that when providers have candid and intimate conversations with their patients regarding obesity and resources that are available to them, they are receptive and willing to participate in the MOVE Program, even during a global pandemic.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor Nursing Practice.

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