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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Dec;51(12):1168-74. doi: 10.1177/0009922812458355. Epub 2012 Aug 30.

Predictors of attrition from a clinical pediatric obesity treatment program.

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Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess the predictors of attrition from a clinical pediatric obesity treatment program.

METHODS:

We evaluated 2- through 20-year-old patients first seen at the Duke University Healthy Lifestyles Program between October 2006 and December 2008. We assessed the predictors of early dropout (not returning for any follow-up visits within 1 year) and of noncompletion (not attending at least 6 visits within 1 year after entry).

RESULTS:

The sample included 983 patients. In adjusted analyses, non-white non-Hispanic children were more likely to be early dropouts than white non-Hispanic children (odds ratio [OR] = 1.46, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.03-2.07). Non-white non-Hispanic children were more likely to be noncompleters than white non-Hispanic (OR = 1.56, 95% CI = 1.03-2.36) and Hispanic children (OR = 2.56, 95% CI = 1.34-4.90).

CONCLUSIONS:

Race/ethnicity predicted patient attrition. Investigation into this association and program modification are needed to reduce attrition in certain racial/ethnic groups.

PMID:
22935220
DOI:
10.1177/0009922812458355
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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