Feasibility, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of a telephone-based weight loss program delivered via a hospital outpatient setting

Whelan, M. E., Goode, A. D., Eakin, E. G., Veerman, J. L., Winkler, E. A. H., Hickman, I. J. and Reeves, M. M. (2016) Feasibility, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of a telephone-based weight loss program delivered via a hospital outpatient setting. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 6 3: 386-395. doi:10.1007/s13142-015-0337-9


Author Whelan, M. E.
Goode, A. D.
Eakin, E. G.
Veerman, J. L.
Winkler, E. A. H.
Hickman, I. J.
Reeves, M. M.
Title Feasibility, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of a telephone-based weight loss program delivered via a hospital outpatient setting
Journal name Translational Behavioral Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1869-6716
1613-9860
Publication date 2016-09
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13142-015-0337-9
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 386
End page 395
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Engaging patients in a group-based weight loss program is a challenge for the acute-care hospital outpatient setting. To evaluate the feasibility, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a telephone-based weight loss service and an existing face-to-face, group-based service a non-randomised, two-arm feasibility trial was used. Patients who declined a two-month existing outpatient group-based program were offered a six-month research-based telephone program. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, two months (both groups) and six months (telephone program only) using paired t tests and linear regression models. Cost per healthy life year gained was calculated for both programs. The telephone program achieved significant weight loss (−4.1 ± 5.0 %; p = 0.001) for completers (n = 35; 57 % of enrolees) at six months. Compared to the group-based program (n = 33 completers; 66 %), the telephone program was associated with greater weight loss (mean difference [95%CI] −2.0 % [−3.4, −0.6]; p = 0.007) at two months. The cost per healthy life year gained was $33,000 and $85,000, for the telephone and group program, respectively. Telephone-delivered weight management services may be effective and cost-effective within an acute-care hospital setting, likely more so than usual (group-based) care.
Keyword Obesity
Physical activity
Diet
Translation research
Weight loss
Lifestyle intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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