Health-related quality of life after camp-based family obesity treatment: An RCT


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© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019. Re-use permitted under CC BY-NC. No commercial re-use. See rights and permissions. Published by BMJ. Objective To compare the effects of a 2-year camp-based immersion family treatment for obesity with an outpatient family-based treatment for obesity on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in two generations. Design Randomised controlled trial. Setting Rehabilitation clinic, tertiary care hospital and primary care. Patients Families with at least one child (7-12 years) and one parent, both with obesity. Interventions Summer camp for 2 weeks, with four repetition weekends, or lifestyle school, including four outpatient days over 4 weeks. Behavioural techniques to promote a healthier lifestyle. Main outcome measures Children's and parents' HRQoL were assessed using generic and obesity-specific measures. Outcomes were analysed using linear mixed models according to intention to treat, and multiple imputations were used for missing data. Results Ninety children (50% girls) with a mean (SD) age of 9.7 (1.2) years and body mass index 28.7 (3.9) kg/m 2 were included in the analyses. Summer camp children had an estimated mean (95% CI) of 5.3 (0.4 to 10.1) points greater improvement in adiposity-specific HRQoL score at 2 years compared with the lifestyle school children, and this improvement was even larger in the parent proxy-report, where mean difference was 7.3 (95% CI 2.3 to 12.2). Corresponding effect sizes were 0.33 and 0.44. Generic HRQoL questionnaires revealed no significant differences between treatment groups in either children or parents from baseline to 2 years. Conclusions A 2-year family camp-based immersion obesity treatment programme had significantly larger effects on obesity-specific HRQoL in children's self-report and parent proxy-reports in children with obesity compared with an outpatient family-based treatment programme. Trial registration number NCT01110096.

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Cited Authors

  • Benestad, B; Karlsen, TI; Småstuen, MC; Lekhal, S; Hertel, JK; Steinsbekk, S; Kolotkin, RL; Ødegård, RA; Hjelmesæth, J

Published Date

  • April 1, 2019

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Volume / Issue

  • 3 / 1

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2399-9772

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/bmjpo-2018-000413

Citation Source

  • Scopus