A Pilot Study of an eHealth-delivered Health Coaching Intervention
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The national epidemic of obesity is associated with considerable morbidity, disability and early mortality. Conventional weight loss programs beyond a primary care setting have the potential to reduce weight, but are difficult to access for adults with obesity in rural areas due to lack of transportation and access to specialty care. Routine intensive behavioral therapy, while effective, is often not supplemented with adjuncts that could be helpful in engaging participants in behavioral change. The overarching goal of this SYNERGY pilot project is to overcome barriers rural adults face by using video-conferencing to deliver specialty obesity care that otherwise is inaccessible to most adults faced with this disease. It also intends to use emerging mobile health (mHealth) technology which has shown considerable promise in providing motivational feedback. This proposal highlights T3/T4 translation bridging technologists, allied health staff, and clinicians in the development and implementation of new therapeutic modalities. The study aims to evaluate a telehealth-based health coaching program that is embedded in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Weight and Wellness Center that integrates novel remote monitoring technology in effecting behavioral change using Amulet, a Dartmouth Computer Science developed mHealth device over a 16-week period. First, the feasibility and accessibility of an eHealth-delivered health coaching obesity intervention using remote monitoring and video-conferencing (Aim 1) will be evaluated. The potential effectiveness of achieving the primary outcome of 5% weight loss, with secondary outcomes of improved physical function and self reported health (Aim 2) will be ascertained. The intervention''s impact on implementation outcomes of workflow, adoption, and organizational change that could affect further scalability and generalizability in other high-risk population groups (Aim 3) will be assessed. These preliminary findings will be used in a future competitive application for an extramural R01 designed to assess the effectiveness of our intervention in achieving weight loss in rural obese adults. If successful, this application has the potential to redesign care using applied methods of telehealth translated to community-based, rural populations to facilitate behavioral change. The project also meets criteria of the NIH Strategic Plan for Obesity and the Institute of Medicine''s need for Telehealth research.
Synergy (Dartmouth College)
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