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A randomised trial of an internet weight control resource: the UK Weight Control Trial
DOI 10.1186/ISRCTN58621669
ClinicalTrials.gov identifier
EudraCT number
Public title A randomised trial of an internet weight control resource: the UK Weight Control Trial
Scientific title
Acronym UKWCT
Serial number at source N/A
Study hypothesis An internet-based package for weight control, alongside 'usual care', is a more effective treatment for obesity than 'usual care' methods alone.
Lay summary
Ethics approval Not provided at time of registration
Study design Randomised controlled trial
Countries of recruitment United Kingdom
Disease/condition/study domain Obesity
Participants - inclusion criteria 1. Males and females
2. Body Mass Index (BMI) more than 30 kg/m^2
3. 18 to 65 years of age
4. Able to access the internet at least once per week
5. Able to read and write in English (for the purposes of accessing the site and completing questionnaires)
Participants - exclusion criteria 1. Pregnant or lactating women
2. Women planning on becoming pregnant within the next year
3. Any illness or reason where the General Practitioner (GP) feels that the patient should not be taking part in a clinical trial
Anticipated start date 01/01/2004
Anticipated end date 01/01/2005
Status of trial Completed
Patient information material
Target number of participants 180
Interventions Intervention: Access to an internet weight management site designed by health professionals to offer weight management advice based on the best evidence available.
Comparison: Usual care offered by the GP
Primary outcome measure(s) Ability of the internet package to promote change in BMI over six and 12 months compared with traditional treatment.
Secondary outcome measure(s) Ability of the internet package to promote change in reported lifestyle behaviours compared with traditional treatment.
Sources of funding The Health Foundation (UK) (ref: 3518/1655)
Trial website http://www.ukweightcontrol.co.uk/
Publications Protocol: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=14585107
Results: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=18093289
Contact name Dr  Sara  Kirk
  Address The University of Leeds
Nuffield Institute for Health
71-75 Clarendon Road
  City/town Leeds
  Zip/Postcode LS2 9PL
  Country United Kingdom
  Tel +44 (0)113 3436990
  Fax +44 (0)113 3436997
  Email s.f.l.kirk@leeds.ac.uk
Sponsor The Health Foundation (UK)
  Address 90 Long Acre
  City/town London
  Zip/Postcode WC2E 9RA
  Country United Kingdom
  Tel +44 (0)20 7257 8000
  Fax +44 (0)20 7257 8001
  Email info@health.org.uk
Date applied 07/10/2003
Last edited 28/01/2008
Date ISRCTN assigned 07/10/2003
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