Disclosures: April D. Ahrendt and David A. Maddox are employed by the SFVA HCS; Thomas S. Rector is employed by the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. A subcommittee of the SFVA HCS Research & Development Committee reviewed and approved this manuscript prior to submission. There is no funding to disclose. The contents of this manuscript do not represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs or the United States government.
The Effectiveness of Telemedicine for Weight Management in the MOVE! Program
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2013
Published 2013. This article is a U.S. Government work and is in the public domain in the USA
The Journal of Rural Health
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 113–119, Winter 2014
How to Cite
Ahrendt, A. D., Kattelmann, K. K., Rector, T. S. and Maddox, D. A. (2014), The Effectiveness of Telemedicine for Weight Management in the MOVE! Program. The Journal of Rural Health, 30: 113–119. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12049
Acknowledgments: This material is the result of work supported with resources and use of the facilities of the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVA HCS), Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The authors gratefully acknowledge Brian Scott Harvill, MHA (Administrative Officer/Research and Development) for his assistance in creating the filter to extract data from CPRS for matching of subjects in the control group to the MOVE! subjects.
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2013
- health promotion;
- weight loss
To examine the effectiveness of videoconferencing technology for delivering comprehensive weight management treatment.
This retrospective cohort study was conducted by extraction of data from medical records for the years 2008-2010. The treatment included a series of 12 weekly MOVE!® classes delivered using videoconferencing. Data were extracted from the time of baseline weight to 1 year after baseline weight for the MOVE! participants (n = 60) and from a concurrent control group (n = 60) that did not participate in MOVE! treatment.
Results indicated that the MOVE! group lost weight while the control group gained weight, resulting in a mean difference between the groups of −5.5 ± 2.7 kg (95% CI = −8.0 to −3.0; P < .0001).
These results indicate that videoconferencing is an effective method to provide the MOVE! Weight Management Program to veterans. Weight loss was maintained for one year after baseline in the MOVE! group. This is very promising as weight re-gain is a common issue and these results support using videoconferencing for a long-term weight management treatment option.