Electronic health (eHealth) interventions for weight management among racial/ethnic minority adults: a systematic review.

Journal Article (Systematic Review;Review;Journal Article)

Electronic health (eHealth) interventions have demonstrated efficacy for weight management. However, little is known about their efficacy among racial/ethnic minority populations, in whom there is a disproportionate prevalence of obesity. This systematic review evaluated the efficacy of eHealth weight management interventions among overweight and obese racial/ethnic minority adults. We required that trial samples be comprised of at least 50% racial/ethnic minorities or report outcomes by race/ethnicity. We searched five electronic databases for trials conducted through June 2012. Six papers met our eligibility criteria. These studies provide suggestive evidence that eHealth interventions can produce low magnitude, short-term weight loss among racial/ethnic minorities. Trials were methodologically sound, with high retention and participant engagement. There was no evidence detailing the efficacy of mobile health approaches, although this area is promising given high utilization rates of mobile devices among racial/ethnic minorities. More evidence, particularly from longer-term trials, is necessary to demonstrate that eHealth intervention approaches can produce clinically meaningful (≥ 5% of initial body weight) weight loss among racial/ethnic minority populations.

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Cited Authors

  • Bennett, GG; Steinberg, DM; Stoute, C; Lanpher, M; Lane, I; Askew, S; Foley, PB; Baskin, ML

Published Date

  • October 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 Suppl 4 /

Start / End Page

  • 146 - 158

PubMed ID

  • 25196411

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-789X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1467-7881

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/obr.12218


  • eng