Research on weight loss counseling too limited study suggests

11/11/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

U.S. – A new study suggests that more research is needed in the area of weight loss counseling. As reported by WebProNews, the study reviewed research on how behavioral treatment can be used by doctors for obese patients, and found a limited number of high-quality studies on the matter.

No studies were reportedly found in which doctors followed behavioral counseling guidelines outlined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS).

Thomas Wadden, lead author of the study and director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “After an exhaustive search, we found only 12 high-quality randomized controlled trials that examined the behavioral treatment of obesity in patients encountered in primary care settings.”

The authors of the study further suggested that remote weight loss counseling such as that provided via the Internet may also prove effective. Adam Tsai, a co-author of the study and an obesity specialist at Kaiser Permanente in Denver is quoted as stating of the methods, “Telephone-delivered counseling, provided by counselors from a patient’s primary care practice, or by a trained interventionist from a disease management call center, is likely to be more convenient and less costly for patients and potentially for health care providers and insurers.”

The study was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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