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In an article published November 15, 2011, in the New England Journal of Medicine, Hopkins POWER Trial investigators including several GIM faculty members 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 has issued a press release detailing the results of the research.
GIM professor Larry Appel, MD, MPH, who is the first-named author of the study, presented the results at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL, last week. GIM Director Fred Brancati, MD, MHS, was the study's last-named author and other GIM division members who were coauthors of the study include associate professors Jeanne Clark, MD, MPH, Gail Daumit, MD, MHS, and Edgar (Pete) Miller, MD, PhD; assistant professors Hsin-Chieh Jessica Yeh, PhD, and Nae-Yuh Wang, PhD; part-time GIM faculty members Thomas Pozefsky, MD and Gary Noronha, MD; research associates Jeanne Charleston, RN, and Arlene Dalcin, RD, and senior programmer/ analyst Nowella Durkin.
The slides from Dr. Appel's presentation may be seen here.
See the related Hopkins POWER Trial web page.