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Am J Health Promot. 2010 Jul-Aug;24(6):378-83. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.080826-QUAN-161.

The drop it at last study: six-month results of a phone-based weight loss trial.

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Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Nancy.E.Sherwood@HealthPartners.com

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To address the translational research question regarding the optimal intervention "dose" to produce the most cost-effective rate of weight loss, we conducted the Drop It At Last (DIAL) study.

DESIGN:

DIAL is a 6-month pilot randomized trial to examine the efficacy of phone-based weight loss programs with varying levels of treatment contact (10 vs. 20 sessions) in comparison to self-directed treatment.

SETTING:

Participants were recruited from the community via mailings and advertisement.

SUBJECTS:

Participants were 63 adults with a body mass index between 30 and 39 kg/m(2).

INTERVENTION:

Participants received a standard set of print materials and were randomized to either: (1) self-directed treatment; (2) 10 phone coaching sessions; or (3) 20 phone coaching sessions.

MEASURES:

Measured height, weight, and psychosocial and weight-related self-monitoring measures were collected at baseline and follow-up.

ANALYSIS:

General linear models were used to examine 6-month treatment group differences in weight loss and in psychosocial and behavioral measures.

RESULTS:

Weight losses were -2.3, -3.2, and -4.9 kg in the self-directed, 10-session, and 20-session groups, respectively (p < .21). Participants who completed 10 or more sessions lost more weight (-5.1 kg) compared to those completed four or fewer sessions (-.3 kg, p < .04).

CONCLUSION:

Phone-based weight loss program participation is associated with modest weight loss. The optimal dose and timing of intervention warrant further study.

PMID:
20594094
PMCID:
PMC3882118
DOI:
10.4278/ajhp.080826-QUAN-161
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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