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Telephone Counseling and Home Telemonitoring: The Weigh By Day Trial

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Objective : To test the effects of telephone counseling and telemonitoring on weight loss.

Methods : A randomized-controlled trial was conducted over 18 months. Participants were assigned to an immediate or delayed-start group. The intervention included a Thin-Link home telemonitoring scale and biweekly telephone counseling over 6 months.

Results : The immediate group lost significantly more weight relative to the delayed group over the first 6 months (7.5 versus 1.3 pounds) and at subsequent visits.

Conclusion : Compared to no treatment, the intervention was effective at producing weight loss. Home telemonitoring may enhance standard weight-loss counseling.

Keywords: telemonitoring; telephone; weight loss; worksite counseling

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Project Director, Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation, HealthPartners Health Promotion Department, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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