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Research Program

The Weight & Wellness Center Research Program seeks to improve health outcomes for those of you with obesity through the development of patient-centered and cost-effective care, and the dissemination of knowledge about evidence-based practices.

Research program goals

  • Assess the effectiveness of the Weight & Wellness Center comprehensive, multidisciplinary obesity treatment program.
  • Evaluate the strategies, care pathways, and treatment modalities necessary to deliver personalized obesity care.
  • Employ health technologies to both improve and increase access to obesity-related treatment.

Key elements of our Research Program include:

  • A comprehensive Weight & Wellness Center Clinical Registry collecting patient-level data
  • Integration and collaborations both internally with related research centers and initiatives across Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Geisel School of Medicine, and Dartmouth College, and externally.
  • Monthly seminars to inform and update faculty and clinicians on new research findings and treatment options.

Participation in clinical research

Clinical research is essential for the development of new medical knowledge and treatments, and can range from studies that use patient interviews and data to understand a particular condition, to clinical trials, which involve people (healthy subjects or patients) to test new ways to prevent, diagnose or treat illness.

All clinical research and trials at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Dartmouth College are conducted according to strict scientific and ethical principles. Every clinical trial has a plan, called a protocol, which is reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB), called the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects at Dartmouth College.

The release and use of patient-specific information for medical research also is approved by the IRB. D-H privacy and confidentiality policies support the patient's right to privacy, accept responsibility to keep secure and confidential the information collected about patients, and direct the appropriate use of that information under certain circumstances, such as providing for continuity of care and participating in approved research and educational activities.

Our team

The Research Program includes physicians and scientists from our Weight & Wellness Center team and other Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel School of Medicine programs.

For details on our program and projects, contact us by email at research.wwc@hitchcock.org.

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