Work site, physician's office, or medical university clinic: The effect of setting on success in a multidisciplinary weight-loss program

Cassandra N. Hoke, Susan Faye Franks

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Abstract

The effect of treatment setting on success in a 16-week multidisciplinary cognitive-behavioral weight-management program was examined. Twenty-seven women and six men with an average initial weight of 198.13 lb (±39.10) participated in the program at a medical university (MU), their primary care physician's office (PCP), or their work site (WS). The average amount of weight lost, body mass index (BMI) decrement, and number of sessions attended were compared as measures of success between programs. Results supported the hypothesis that treatment setting affects program success [F(6,40) = 0.54, P< .05]. WS was more effective than PCP [Wilk's lambda = 0.59, P< .05] in promoting weight loss [F(1,2)=5.22, P < .05]. Results indicate that the ongoing contingencies in the WS environment promote weight loss through more consistent adherence to suggested weight-loss strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-100
Number of pages8
JournalEating Behaviors
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Jul 2002

Keywords

  • Physician's office
  • Success
  • University
  • Weight loss
  • Work site

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