Therapeutic patient education (TPE) is a relatively recent medical alternative. This approach is offered to patients with chronic disease, such as obesity. Several health professionals work in TPE programs. They treat as widely as possible the causes and consequences of the disease to help people become more independant towards their own health. This study examines the perception of daily life and social relationships of obese persons enrolled in TPE. After defining obesity and TPE, this article explains the methodology used. Through a questionnaire sent to ETP structures, the objective is to identify difficulties in daily life and to analyze correlations between items. The results of the 21 participants show that difficulties in daily life and social dissatisfaction are present and related to the Body Mass Index. From the interpretation of the results, the notion of independence emerges. The specific role of occupational therapists for obese persons enrolled in these programs is discussed in the last part.
Article rédigé par :
Clinique du château de Vernhes, Bondigoux (31)
Codéléguée du Comité territorial ANFE Midi-Pyrénées
Docteur en sciences de l’éducation
Directeur de l’IFE de Toulouse
Membre du Collège recherche de l'ANFE