5As Team Program
To access resources developed by the 5As Team Program, please click here.*
The 5As Team (5AsT) project is funded by Alberta Innovates Health Solutions and is conducted via a partnership between researchers at the University of Alberta (led by Drs. Denise Campbell-Scherer and Arya Sharma) and the Edmonton Southside Primary Care Network. This randomized controlled trial aims to improve obesity management in primary care.
Despite didactic training of experienced front-line, interdisciplinary primary care providers, our partners highlighted how challenging it is to put high quality obesity care into action.
The providers helped to create the 5AsT intervention aimed at addressing barriers they identified, such as how to conduct comprehensive bariatric assessments in the context of primary care visits with competing agendas like prenatal assessment or diabetic management. Areas of focus included rapid assessments, increasing confidence to ask about weight, emphasizing the importance and supporting longitudinal relationships with patients, increasing the focus on weight gain preventions, strategies for emotional eating, strategies to help patients “sustain the change”, focusing on behavioural goals, addressing weight bias in the clinical setting and cultural aspects to weight. Success resulted in increased confidence in asking patients about weight, consistent team messaging and strategies to assist patients with their challenges, increased interdisciplinary team functioning and communication.
Our 5AsT collaborative providers identified a number of areas where they wanted tools to augment the existing 5As of Obesity Management framework – both for themselves and for discussions with patients. These are provided here for free download. If you have any comments or feedback on your use of the tools, we would really appreciate your input. Please email:
Over the course of the six-month 5AsT intervention a number of videos were created, which you are free to access via these YouTube links. Your feedback is also very welcome.
Thank you for your kind interest in the 5AsT team project!