Baer HJ, Rozenblum R, De La Cruz BA, Orav EJ, Wien M, Nolido NV, Metzler K, McManus KD, Halperin F, Aronne LJ, Minero G, Block JP, Bates DW. Effect of an Online Weight Management Program Integrated With Population Health Management on Weight Change: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2020 Nov 3;324(17):1737-1746. doi: 10.1001/jama.2020.18977. PMID: 33141209.
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This PCORI-funded study compared three types of weight loss management programs for people with high blood pressure or type 2 diabetes who also had overweight or obesity. The study, led by Heather J. Baer, ScD, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, compared outcomes of patients in three groups: an online weight management program with meal plans, menus, and a weight tracker; that same program plus support from a health manager; and usual care. As reported in JAMA, the group that used the online weight management program and had access to a health manager, on average, experienced a statistically significant greater weight loss after 12 months compared to the other two groups.