Last updated on June 2020

Using Partners to Enhance Long-Term Weight Loss


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Obesity
  • Age: Between 18 - 74 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria (patients):

  • Aged 18-74 years
  • BMI 27-29.9 kg/m2 plus at least one obesity-related comorbidity or BMI >=30 kg/m2
  • Cohabitating and at least daily contact with a spouse/domestic partner
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Desire to lose weight
  • Speak and read English
  • Agree to attend visits per protocol
  • Score of at least 4 out of 6 on Callahan cognitive screener
  • Able to stand without assistance for weight measurements without assistance
  • Possess individual email address
  • Possess individual smart phone with data and texting plan
  • Able to complete online screener without assistance
  • Able to use a smartphone, tablet or computer with a video camera or webcam and microphone to download apps and to connect to a video conference call without assistance

Exclusion Criteria (patients):

  • Currently or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding in the study timeframe
  • Weight loss 5 lb in the month prior to screening
  • Currently enrolled, or enrolled in previous 3 months, in a clinical or research program focusing on lifestyle change that could affect weight
  • Significant dementia, schizophrenia, psychosis, or drug or alcohol abuse
  • Chronic or unstable illness that would limit ability to participate (e.g., recent hospitalization; unstable heart disease in the 6 months prior to screening, chronic kidney disease stage 4 or higher)
  • Living a nursing home or receiving visits from a home health care agency
  • Planning to relocate in the next 2.5 years
  • Current use of prescription or over-the-counter weight loss medications
  • History of bariatric surgery or planning to have bariatric surgery in the study timeframe
  • Impaired hearing
  • Currently receiving, or received in the past 6 months, treatment for cancer other than skin cancer
  • Use of insulin, sulfonylureas, or meglinitides for diabetes
  • High diuretic dose
  • Exertional chest pain, dizziness, or lightheadedness
  • Pain or other condition than prohibits mild-moderate exercise
  • History of ascites requiring paracentesis

Inclusion criteria (partner):

  • Aged 18 or older
  • Willing to participate
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Speak and read English
  • Score of at least 4 out of 6 on Callahan cognitive screener
  • Possess smart phone with data and texting plan (not shared with index patient)
  • Possess email address (not shared with index patient)
  • Able to complete online screener without assistance

Exclusion criteria (partner):

  • BMI <18.5 kg/m2
  • Significant dementia, schizophrenia, psychosis, or drug or alcohol abuse
  • Residing in a nursing home or receiving home health care
  • Impaired hearing
  • Currently receiving, or received in the past 6 months, treatment for cancer other than skin cancer
  • Chronic or unstable illness that would limit ability to participate (e.g., recent hospitalization; unstable heart disease in the 6 months prior to screening)

Recruitment Status: Open


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