Predictors of attrition from a clinical pediatric obesity treatment program.

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Journal Article

OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictors of attrition from a clinical pediatric obesity treatment program. METHODS: We evaluated 2- through 20-year-old patients first seen at the Duke University Healthy Lifestyles Program between October 2006 and December 2008. We assessed the predictors of early dropout (not returning for any follow-up visits within 1 year) and of noncompletion (not attending at least 6 visits within 1 year after entry). RESULTS: The sample included 983 patients. In adjusted analyses, non-white non-Hispanic children were more likely to be early dropouts than white non-Hispanic children (odds ratio [OR] = 1.46, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.03-2.07). Non-white non-Hispanic children were more likely to be noncompleters than white non-Hispanic (OR = 1.56, 95% CI = 1.03-2.36) and Hispanic children (OR = 2.56, 95% CI = 1.34-4.90). CONCLUSIONS: Race/ethnicity predicted patient attrition. Investigation into this association and program modification are needed to reduce attrition in certain racial/ethnic groups.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dolinsky, DH; Armstrong, SC; Østbye, T

Published Date

  • December 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1168 - 1174

PubMed ID

  • 22935220

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22935220

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1938-2707

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0009922812458355

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States