Journal article

Health coaching to prevent excessive gestational weight gain: A randomized-controlled trial

Helen Skouteris, Skye McPhie, Briony Hill, Marita McCabe, Jeannette Milgrom, Bridie Kent, Lauren Bruce, Sharon Herring, Janette Gale, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Sophy Shih, Glyn Teale, Jennifer Lachal

BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the efficacy of a health coaching (HC) intervention designed to prevent excessive gestational weight gain (GWG), and promote positive psychosocial and motivational outcomes in comparison with an Education Alone (EA) group. DESIGN: Randomized-controlled trial. METHODS: Two hundred and sixty-one women who were <18 weeks pregnant consented to take part. Those allocated to the HC group received a tailored HC intervention delivered by a Health Coach, whilst those in the EA group attended two education sessions. Women completed measures, including motivation, psychosocial variables, sleep quality, and knowledge, beliefs and expectations con..

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