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Translating the diabetes prevention program into a hospital-based weight loss program
Preventive and Behavioral Medicine Publications and Presentations
  • Sherry L. Pagoto, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Lyle Kantor
  • Jamie S. Bodenlos, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Mitchell Gitkind
  • Yunsheng Ma, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
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Adult; Diabetes Mellitus; Diffusion of Innovation; Female; Health Promotion; *Hospitals; Humans; Male; Massachusetts; Middle Aged; *Risk Reduction Behavior; *Weight Loss
OBJECTIVE: Intensive lifestyle interventions have established efficacy, but translation to real-world settings has not been well demonstrated. Using the diffusion of innovations model, we describe the adoption of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Intervention into a hospital-based program and report feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes. DESIGN: Patients (N = 118; 72% female, mean age = 48.8, mean baseline body mass index = 43.3) were enrolled into 16 weeks of DPP. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Weight loss (kg) was measured at baseline and after treatment. RESULTS: Mean weight loss after 16 weeks was 5.57 kg (SD = 4.6) or 4.6% of baseline weight, and 30% met the 7% weight loss goal. Outcomes are compared with those reported in the DPP trial. Most participants (90.4%) were satisfied with the service; however, only 56% were satisfied with their weight loss. CONCLUSION: The DPP was successfully translated into a real-world clinic with some protocol modifications. Weight loss was modest among heavier patients with more comorbidities than the original DPP sample. Diffusion of innovations theory provides a useful framework for adopting evidence-based programs in the clinical setting.
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Health Psychol. 2008 Jan;27(1 Suppl):S91-8. Link to article on publisher's site
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Sherry L. Pagoto, Lyle Kantor, Jamie S. Bodenlos, Mitchell Gitkind, et al.. "Translating the diabetes prevention program into a hospital-based weight loss program" Vol. 27 Iss. 1 Suppl (2008) ISSN: 0278-6133 (Linking)
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