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Obesity Assessment and Education Through the Internet

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Identifier:
First received: September 6, 2005
Last updated: January 12, 2010
Last verified: January 2010
The purpose of this study is to develop a web-based obesity risk assessment and counseling tool and examine its feasibility and effectiveness in improving the rate and quality of physician counseling about obesity, dietary change, and physical activity.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral: 6-month educational program
Behavioral: 6-month standard care program
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Obesity Assessment and Education Through the Internet

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physician counseling about weight and weight-related behaviors

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in cardiovascular risk factors
  • Improvements in physical activity and dietary behavior

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: July 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2007
Detailed Description:

Despite the high prevalence of obesity and its associated health risks, physicians do not address weight and behaviors that contribute to obesity because of lack of knowledge, training, and access to resources. To address these physician barriers to counseling, the investigator has developed a web-based tool that collects and integrates relevant patient clinical and behavioral information online and generates patient-specific recommendations and links to resources in the form of electronic patient and physician reports. In doing so, the tool provides physicians with a time saving device that identifies at risk patients who are motivated to make behavioral changes; at the same time, the tool provides tailored resources and recommendations that help physicians deliver more effective counseling.

The pilot study described in this application randomizes overweight primary care patients to a control group and the web-based intervention. The aims of the study are to examine the feasibility of incorporating the web-based tool into primary care practice and to collect preliminary data on its potential effectiveness on improving the rate and quality of physician-patient discussions about weight and on improving several clinical and behavioral outcomes.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Received invitation from participating primary care practices
  • Scheduled non-urgent appointment with their usual primary care provider
  • BMI > 25 kg/m2
  • Willing and able to participate in a web-based computerized self-administered questionnaire
  • English-speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy
  • Terminal illness
  • Not competent to give consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00149682

United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Principal Investigator: Christina C. Wee, MD, MPH Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00149682     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: OAEI (completed)
Study First Received: September 6, 2005
Last Updated: January 12, 2010

Keywords provided by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK):

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Nutrition Disorders
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on April 28, 2017