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Obesity: Technology-Supported Multicomponent Coaching or Counseling Interventions – To Maintain Weight Loss


What the CPSTF Found

About The Systematic Review

The CPSTF finding is based on evidence from a systematic review of 4 studies (search period 1966-June 2008).

The review was conducted on behalf of the CPSTF by a team of specialists in systematic review methods, and in research, practice, and policy related to obesity prevention and control.

Summary of Results

All four studies included in the review showed that clients maintained weight loss for periods ranging from 12 to 18 months after the start of the intervention.

Summary of Economic Evidence

An economic review of this intervention did not find any relevant studies.


Findings of the review should be applicable to the following:

  • Adults
  • Home and community settings
  • U.S.
  • Interventions delivered by counselors, therapists, or health coaches
  • Assorted technologies (e.g., websites, email, interactive TV modalities)

Evidence Gaps

CPSTF identified several areas that have limited information. Additional research and evaluation could help answer the following questions and fill remaining gaps in the evidence base. (What are evidence gaps?)

  • Does the type of technology and whether it is mobile make a difference?
  • Are technology-based interventions as effective in subpopulations? Does effectiveness vary by age, cultural, SES, gender, race, or ethnicity?
  • Is there an interaction between subpopulations (e.g., cultural, age) and type of technology (e.g. computer, mobile device)?
  • How does provider training or credentialing affect services to clients?
  • Are clients and providers more likely to engage if technical support or training on computer applications are provided?

Study Characteristics

  • All of the included studies used randomized controlled trials.
  • Studies were conducted in the U.S. and targeted adults.