In an article published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, Welch Center Director Lawrence Appel, MD, MPH, and co-researchers on the Power Trial report that a weight loss program supported by telephone calls to participants along with an interactive website and email messages was as effective in helping participants to lose weight and keep it off over a two-year period as an intervention that relied on face-to-face conferences between participants and counselors. This comparative effectiveness finding has the potential to point the way to successful weight-loss initiatives that are far less expensive and easier to conduct, yet equally effective as those previously known to yield positive results. The Bloomberg School of Public Health is issuing a press release today detailing the results of the research.
Other members of the Welch Center who were coauthors of the study were core faculty members Jeanne Clark, MD, MPH, Hsin-Chieh Jessica Yeh, PhD, Nae-Yuh Wang, PhD, Gail Daumit, MD, MHS, Edgar (Pete) Miller, MD, PhD, and last-named author Frederick Brancati, MD, MHS; research associates Jeanne Charleston, RN, and Arlene Dalcin, RD, and senior programmer/ analyst Nowella Durkin.
Dr. Appel will speak on the findings of the study at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL, this week. The slides from Dr. Appel's presentation may be seen here.
See the related web page on the Hopkins POWER Trial.