This investigation was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2020. The researchers set out to answer whether a combined intervention of online weight management and population health management increased one-year weight loss compared to an online program only and usual care. The randomized trial included 840 patients who were overweight or obese and had a diagnosis of hypertension or type 2 diabetes.
The mean weight loss at 12 months was:
- 1.2 kg in the usual care group,
- 1.9 kg in the online-only group, and
- 3.1 kg in the combined online program with population health management group.
The study concluded that a combination of population health management and online programming for weight loss resulted in a statistically significant greater amount of weight loss after 12 months compared to the usual care and online-only groups.
Baer HJ, Rozenblum R, De La Cruz BA, et al. Effect of an Online Weight Management Program Integrated With Population Health Management on Weight Change: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2020;324(17):1737–1746. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.18977