Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Telephone-Delivered Weight Loss Counseling

Many believe that long-term counseling could be an important element in long-term weight loss and weight management. And using the telephone to do the counseling could make the counseling more cost effective. An 18 month-long-Australian study is attempting to determine if telephone-delivered weight loss counseling intervention can be an effective weight loss approach.
The study’s primary purpose is to gain knowledge that might help improve the long-term treatment of type ll diabetes. Following a healthy diet and increasing one’s activity are among the most important elements in the treatment of the disease. In the study, over a period of 18 months, three-hundred adult participants will be subjected to intensive telephone-delivered counseling, focusing on getting the participants to improve their exercise and eating habits.
A final assessment of the participants’ health will be made at 24 months, or six months after the end of the formal study. The results of the study will make available the first real data on the effectiveness of long-term telephone counseling.
Counseling for weight loss is already assumed to be effective. For example, the recently passed US Health Care Reform requires that health insurers cover obesity counseling without any co-pays, co-insurance or deductibles. Also, the well-known weight-loss company, Nutrisystem, includes counseling in the company’s Nutrisystem D program, a program designed to fight type ll diabetes.
And ongoing counseling, or some form of talk-therapy, is usually a component of a post-bariatric-surgical program. This component can be helpful in preventing future weight regain following the bariatric surgery. So weight loss counseling is, or will be, an integral part of the treatment for many persons in weight loss or weight management programs.
Using the telephone as the primary counseling communications device may be a simple, yet inexpensive, way to deliver important elements of medical weight loss health care. If long-term counseling via telephone proves to be effective, primary care physicians and other medical weight-loss practitioners may be more likely to include counseling in their patient care programs.
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Anonymous Bariatrics said...

Interesting blog. It would be great if you can provide more details about it. Thanks you.

Bariatrics

October 8, 2010 at 10:09 PM  

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