Patient Experiences With Obesity Treatment: Saxenda

Obesity Canada is a national health charity with the mission to improve the lives of individuals living with obesity through research, education and advocacy.  The Report Card  on Access to Obesity Treatment explains that in Canada, access to effective and evidence- based treatments is very limited.  With this survey we would like to better understand your experiences with various treatments and specifically with Saxenda (Liraglutide), a prescription medication.  This information will help Obesity Canada direct our advocacy efforts, inform policy makers and help inform a patient submission to the Canadian Association for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), the organization in Canada that reviews medications and recommends if they should be covered under provincial, territorial or federal drug plans. All responses will be confidential and only aggregate data will be shared. 

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* 1. What is your age?

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* 2. What is your gender?

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* 3. What Province do you live in?

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* 4. Do you identify as living with obesity?

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* 5. Have you been diagnosed with obesity by your healthcare provider?

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* 6. How long have you lived with obesity?

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* 7. What, if any, complications have you experienced related to obesity?

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* 8. What, if any, challenges have you faced related to obesity? (stigma, bias, discrimination etc)

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* 9. Have you tried to manage your obesity on your own? 

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* 10. If yes, what methods you have tried to manage obesity on your own

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* 11. Were these methods effective long term?

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* 12. Were these methods sustainable? (are these things you could realistically do for the rest of your life) 

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* 13. What challenges (if any) exist for these self-directed obesity management options in regards to effectiveness or sustainability?

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* 14. Please comment on your self-directed obesity management, what were the outcomes? How effective was this? Did you improve your health or quality of life? 

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* 15. Have you ever used commercial weight loss programs (WW, Jenny Craig, Herbal Magic etc?) 

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* 16. If yes, which ones?

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* 17. Were the commercial weight loss programs effective?

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* 18. Were these commercial weight loss programs sustainable? (are these things you could realistically do for the rest of your life?) 

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* 19. What challenges exist (if any) for these commercial weight loss programs in regards to effectiveness and sustainability?

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* 20. Please comment on your experience with commercial weight loss programs. What were the outcomes, how effective was this, Did you improve your health or quality of life? 

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* 21. Have you ever used medically supervised obesity management?

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* 22. If yes, which methods?

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* 23. Please comment on your experience with medically supervised obesity treatment. What were the outcomes, how effective was this, did you improve your health or quality of life?

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* 24. Have you used prescription medications as part of your obesity management?

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* 25. If yes, which ones?

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* 26. Has a doctor ever prescribed an obesity medication to you, but you have found the medication inaccessible (not covered under your plan and cost prohibative)?

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* 27. What percentage of weight did you lose with Saxenda?

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* 28. Did you experience any side effects with Saxenda?

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* 29. Were the side effects manageable while using Saxenda?

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* 30. Please comment on your experience with Saxenda.  

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* 31. Were the prescription obesity medications covered under your drug plan?

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* 32. If yes, what percentage is covered?

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* 33. How effective of a treatment would you say Saxenda is for obesity management?

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* 34. Please explain 

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* 35. In your experience what are the barriers to effectively using Saxenda as part of your obesity treatment? (cost, needles etc)

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* 36. If obesity medications were treated the same way as other chronic disease medications (diabetes for example) and be covered by more public and private drug plans, how likely is it that you would consider using them? 

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* 37. How important do you think it is for Obesity Canada to advocate on behalf  of Canadians living with obesity for improved access to treatments including prescription medications?

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* 38. If you are willing to participate in a brief interview to follow up with this survey, please include your email address

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