Online Interventions May Help Treat Obesity

Published Online: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Online or computer-based weight management programs have the potential to treat obesity in a cost-effective manner, according to a Cochrane systematic review published online on August 15, 2012. The review was based on 14 studies of weight loss that included a total of 2537 participants and 4 studies of weight management that included a total of 1603 participants.

At 6 months, computer-based interventions led to an average of 1.5 kg more weight loss than minimal interventions in 2 weight loss trials, but to an average of 2.1 kg less weight loss than in-person interventions in 1 weight loss trial. Likewise, at 6 months, computer-based interventions led to an average of 0.7 kg less weight regain in 2 weight management studies, but to a (not statistically significant) average of 0.5 kg more weight regain than infrequent in-person treatment in 2 weight management trials. (Minimal interventions involved handing out weight loss or weight management pamphlets or providing usual care.)

The review authors note that, although computer-based interventions may be less effective than in-person interventions, computer-based interventions have the potential to reach far more patients at lower cost and therefore should be considered as treatment options.

Latest Articles
Janssen Research and Development LLC has submitted a new drug application to the FDA for canagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride extended release (Invokamet XR).
Treating chronic pulmonary obstructive disease with both inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting bronchodilators remains controversial, but new evidence suggests that this controller combination could reduce mortality risk.
Beverly Schaefer, RPh, of Katterman's Sand Point Pharmacy in Seattle, Washington, shares some fun tips on how to encourage patients who travel to come to your pharmacy for supplies.
Donnie Calhoun, RPh, PD, National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) Foundation vice president, discusses how pharmacists can prepare themselves and their business before, during, and after a disaster.
Latest Issues