Journal article

Self-Directed Interventions to Promote Weight Loss: A Systematic Review of Reviews

Jason Tang, Charles Abraham, Colin Greaves, Tom Yates

Journal of Medical Internet Research | JMIR PUBLICATIONS, INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: A wide range of self-directed weight-loss interventions are available, providing users with a variety of tools delivered through various formats to regulate weight-related behavior patterns. However, it is unclear how effective self-directed interventions are and how they promote weight loss and weight maintenance. OBJECTIVE: A systematic review of reviews was conducted to examine the effectiveness of such interventions and to identify intervention content associated with effectiveness. METHODS: MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library for systematic reviews were searched from 2000-2012 for reviews of the effectiveness of self-directed interventions on weight l..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The listed order of the authors represents extent of contribution. The authors would like to thank Morwenna Rogers who helped develop the search strategy and Aleksandra Borek who helped check its application. The work was partially funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care of the South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC), but the views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of NIHR or the UK Department of Health.