Ambulatory Computer-Assisted Therapy for Obesity. A New Frontier for Behavior Therapy

Kent F. Burnett, C. Barr Taylor, W. Stewart Agras

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Abstract

A behavioral treatment program for obesity was implemented using an interactive microcomputer system small enough to be carried by subjects throughout their normal daily routines. Treatment effects observed in 6 subjects who received this experimental treatment were compared with those observed in 6 matched control subjects who received a similar treatment program implemented without computer assistance. Mean weight loss after the 8 postbaseline study weeks was 8.1 lb (3.7 kg; SD = 2.7 lb or 1.2 kg) for the experimental subjects compared with 3.3 lb (1.5 kg; SD = 3.2 lb or 1.5 kg) for the control subjects. Mean weight loss at 8 months posttreatment was 17.7 lb (8.0 kg; SD = 13.8 lb or 6.3 kg) for the experimental subjects compared with 2.3 lb (1.0 kg; SD = 7.3 lb or 3.3 kg) for the control subjects. Ambulatory computer-assisted therapy provides important new opportunities for conducting behavior therapy and research in real-life settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)698-703
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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