1. Repking, Sarah DNP, ACNP-BC
  2. Mayer, Karen PhD, RN
  3. Folkers, Colleen APN-BC
  4. Shah, Vicki DMSc, PA-C
  5. Janardhan, Sujit PhD, MD


Within the scope of their practice, advanced practice providers provide similar patient care as physicians, but in some cases have outperformed physicians in terms of health outcomes, satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness. At an academic medical center, hepatology trained advanced practice providers, who were also certified in obesity management, led an interprofessional team to develop the Weight Intervention in Liver Disease pathway. In September 2018, patients who were seen in the hepatology practice and met criteria for enrollment were referred to the Weight Intervention in Liver Disease program for comprehensive care of obesity and related metabolic disorders. A program evaluation was conducted in 2021 to identify whether the effectiveness of the advanced practice provider-led structure and process, and the Weight Intervention in Liver Disease pathway, supported weight loss goals as well as improvement in alanine aminotransferase levels, patient satisfaction, and provider satisfaction. Results found that the structure of the pathway and the implementation are resulting in positive outcomes of 100% patient satisfaction, 80% provider satisfaction, and a total average sustained weight loss of 5.05% (SD = 7.98, p < .01). A weight loss pathway led by trained advanced practice providers proves successful in long-term weight loss goals.