Effectiveness of a web-based real-life weight management program : Study design, methods, and participants' baseline characteristics

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Suojanen , L-U , Ahola , A J , Kupila , S , Korpela , R & Pietiläinen , K H 2020 , ' Effectiveness of a web-based real-life weight management program : Study design, methods, and participants' baseline characteristics ' , Contemporary clinical trials communications , vol. 19 , 100638 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conctc.2020.100638

Title: Effectiveness of a web-based real-life weight management program : Study design, methods, and participants' baseline characteristics
Author: Suojanen, L-U; Ahola, A. J.; Kupila, S.; Korpela, R.; Pietiläinen, K. H.
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine
University of Helsinki, HUS Abdominal Center
University of Helsinki, CAMM - Research Program for Clinical and Molecular Metabolism
University of Helsinki, Riitta Anneli Korpela / Principal Investigator
University of Helsinki, HUS Abdominal Center
Date: 2020-09
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: Contemporary clinical trials communications
ISSN: 2451-8654
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/324509
Abstract: Obesity is an important public health concern with limited effective treatment options. Internet-based technologies offer a cost-effective means to treat obesity. However, most of the online programs have been of short duration, have focused on a limited number of treatment modalities, and have not utilized the potential of coaching as part of the intervention. In this paper, we present the design, methods and participants' baseline characteristics in a real-life internet-based weight management program. Healthy Weight Coaching (HWC) is a 12-month web-based intervention for the management of obesity. The program is based on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and includes themes important for weight loss, including diet, physical activity, psychological factors, and sleep. In addition to the automated, interactive program, a personal coach is allocated to each participant. The participants are nationally enrolled through referrals from primary care, occupational health, hospitals, and private health care units. Adult individuals with BMI >= 25 kg/m(2) without severe complications are included. On a weekly basis, participants submit their weight logs, training sessions, and lifestyle targets to the internet portal and are scheduled to have online discussions with their coaches 26 times over the course of a year. Questionnaires on lifestyle, diet, physical activity, psychological factors, sleep, and quality of life are completed at baseline, 3, 6, 9, and 12 months, and thereafter yearly until 5 years. Additionally, log data on the use of the service and discussions with the coach are collected. The main outcome is weight change from baseline to 12 months. Recruitment to the HWC is ongoing. Baseline data of the participants recruited between Oct 2016 and Mar 2019 (n = 1189) are provided. This research will bring insight into how internet-based technologies can be implemented in the virtual management of obesity.
Subject: Obesity
Web-based intervention
Weight management
Acceptance and commitment therapy
COMMITMENT THERAPY
OBESITY
ACCEPTANCE
INTERVENTIONS
PREVENTION
OVERWEIGHT
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
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