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Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2001 Dec;25(12):1843-9.

Cost-effectiveness of group and mixed family-based treatment for childhood obesity.

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Mental Health Research, Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Family-based, behavioral treatment has been shown to be an effective intervention for the management of pediatric obesity. The goal of this study was to compare the cost-effectiveness of two protocols for the delivery of family-based behavioral treatment.

RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES:

Thirty-one families with obese children were randomized to groups in which families were provided mixed treatment incorporating both group and individualized treatment vs group treatment only. Cost-effectiveness of treatment was defined as the magnitude of reduction in standardized BMI and percentage overweight per dollar spent for recruitment and treatment. Anthropometric data were assessed at baseline, 6 months and 12 months post-randomization.

RESULTS:

Results for the 24 families with complete data showed the group intervention was significantly more cost-effective than the mixed treatment. This was due to the similarity between the two groups in Z-BMI or percentage overweight change for children and their parents, while the mixed treatment was significantly more expensive to deliver than the group treatment.

DISCUSSION:

These findings suggest that a family-based, behavioral intervention employing group treatment alone is a more cost-effective approach to treating pediatric obesity than a mixed group plus individual format.

PMID:
11781766
DOI:
10.1038/sj.ijo.0801838
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