MODELS OF DEMONSTRATION &EVALUATION OF WEIGHT LOSS

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

The proposed project is designed to develop and evaluate the effectiveness
of two experimental interactive weight-management models that
individualize treatment based on computer assessment. These weight-
management models will be developed using multi-media to combine written
and graphic materials through an interactive user-friendly touch-screen
computer system. One model uses Computer Guided Intervention (CGI) alone,
and the other uses Computer Guided Intervention plus Staff Consultation
(CGI + SC). Using a computer system to identify needs and guide
intervention will potentially maximize the use of staff consultation time.
Our Computer Guided Intervention (CGI) for weight-management will address
current behavior, psychological needs, cardiovascular risk status, and
knowledge as well as body weight. In a randomized trial we will compare
the cost-effectiveness of our two experimental models and two comparison
interventions in a managed care setting. The 850 participants -will be
randomized to: I) CGI alone, 2) CGI plus staff consultation (CGI + SC), 3)
a workbook only (WO) as a minimal treatment condition, and 4) Usual Care
Education (UCE) using the site's psychoeducational weight-control program.
Our primary outcome will be weight change, and secondary end points will
include changes in the Framingham cardiovascular risk equation and quality
of life. These endpoints will be used to calculate the cost-effectiveness
of each intervention. The purpose of our randomized trial is to evaluate
the effectiveness-of replicable models derived from cognitive-behavioral
approaches that can be implemented in a variety of clinical settings
rather than to compare techniques for weight management.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date9/1/938/31/94

Funding

  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

ASJC

  • Computer Science(all)

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