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Effectiveness of Primary Care Physicians in Delivering Weight Control Counseling

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Identifier:
First received: June 7, 2001
Last updated: January 12, 2010
Last verified: January 2010
This randomized clinical trial will determine the efficacy of physicians providing weight control advice to their overweight and obese patients in primary care practice.

Condition Intervention
Obesity Behavioral: physician-delivered weight control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Treatment of Obesity in the Primary Care Setting

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Further study details as provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):

Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2001
Detailed Description:
Enrolled physicians are randomly assigned to receive brief training in either: 1) behavioral weight control intervention or 2) obesity education. Enrolled patients are asked to see their physician for 2 weight control consultations during the year to discuss their weight and physical activity. Regardless of the training the physician receives, the weight control advice is tailored to the individual patient. Patients include men and women between the ages of 21 - 70 years, with a Body-Mass Index of 27 or greater, and they have met medical and other study eligibility criteria in order to safely participate. As a participant in the trial, all patients are asked to attend an initial baseline assessment, and two follow-up assessments; 3 and 12 months after their first weight control consultation visit with their physician in order to evaluate any changes in their weight, waist circumference, physical activity, eating patterns, and mood. The findings of this important study will shed light upon the role physician advice may have in helping overweight and obese patients lose weight and become more physically active.

Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Body-Mass Index greater than or equal to 27
  • Able to walk without assistance
  • No untreated hypothyroidism or Cushing Disease
  • No unstable medical or psychiatric condition
  • No signs or symptoms of cardiovascular disease
  • No history of gallstones
  • No terminal illness
  • No other acute or chronic medical condition in which weight loss is contraindicated
  • Medically cleared for physical activity

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant, nursing or planning to become pregnant in the next year
  • Had an in-patient hospital stay in the last 3 months
  • Lost more than 10 lbs in the last 4 months
  • Taking an OTC or prescribed medication for weight loss
  • In treatment for an eating disorder
  • In treatment for depression (if patient is on an anti-depressant and has not had a recent episode of depression in the past 3 months then he/she is eligible)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00017706

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh, GSPH
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, 15261
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Principal Investigator: Laurey Simkin-Silverman, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh, GSPH, Department of Epidemiology
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00017706     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Simkin-Silverman (completed)
Study First Received: June 7, 2001
Last Updated: January 12, 2010

Keywords provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):
physician education
behavioral weight control
physician intervention
obesity counseling

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
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