Study of Two Complementary and Alternative Medical Treatments for Maintenance of Weight Loss

This study has been terminated.
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Kaiser Permanente Identifier:
First received: September 30, 2003
Last updated: February 11, 2010
Last verified: February 2010

The goal of this study is to pilot test in a group of overweight-obese individuals the feasibility and acceptability and indications of efficacy of two CAM treatments, qigong, and acupressure-TAT, for improving long term maintenance of weight loss.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: qigong
Behavioral: acupressure-TAT
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Pilot of Two CAM Treatments for Maintenance of Weight Loss

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Further study details as provided by Kaiser Permanente:

Estimated Enrollment: 90
Detailed Description:

The prevalence of obesity is at epidemic proportions, 60% of US adults are overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease [CVD], hypertension, cancer, and osteoarthritis) and to escalating health care costs. Weight loss can have a substantial impact on reducing these conditions. Substantial efforts have been made in developing effective short-term weight loss programs using behavioral treatments. However, long-term maintenance of weight loss continues to be problematic - many individuals regain the weight lost within a year. Innovative intervention options are critically needed to help people successfully maintain weight loss and to fight the obesity epidemic. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches-mind-body, energy healing, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approaches may hold great promise for helping improve the maintenance of weight loss.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • BMI 25-35 kg/m 2
  • Reside in Portland metropolitan area
  • Willing to complete the 12-week weight loss program
  • Willing to accept random assignment to one of the three maintenance treatment conditions
  • Willing to provide informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Medical conditions or treatments that would be contraindicated using a diet & exercise weight loss treatment
  • Cancer
  • Significant GI disease inappropriate for diet and physical activity intervention
  • Diabetes dependent on insulin or oral hypoglycemic medications
  • Psychiatric hospitalization in past 2 years
  • Conditions that require limitation of physical activity
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cardiovascular Disease (stroke, MI, CABG, ASCVD)
  • Taking weight loss medications currently or within past 6 months
  • Previous history of complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) weight loss treatment
  • Current acupressure, or Qi Gong, or acupuncture
  • Reported consumption of more than 21 alcoholic drinks per week
  • Planning to leave the area prior to the end of the program
  • Body weight change > 10 pounds in the 6 months prior to Screening visit one
  • Pregnant, breast feeding, or planning pregnancy prior to the end of participation
  • Current participation in another clinical trial
  • Investigator discretion for safety or adherence reasons
  • Household member of another CAM WT participant
  • Unavailable for group sessions
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00069732

United States, Oregon
Center for Health Research
Portland, Oregon, United States
Sponsors and Collaborators
Kaiser Permanente
Principal Investigator: Patricia J Elmer, PhD Center for Health Research, Northwest
  More Information

No publications provided Identifier: NCT00069732     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21 AT001190-01A1, R21AT001190-01A1
Study First Received: September 30, 2003
Last Updated: February 11, 2010
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Kaiser Permanente:
Weight loss maintenance
CAM therapy
Traditional Chinese Medicine

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Weight Loss
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms
Body Weight Changes processed this record on April 15, 2014