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The Positive Online Weight Reduction (POWeR) Study: What do YOU think? Seminar

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16:30 - 17:30
8 November 2010
School of Psychology, Room 3031, Shackleton Building (Building 44), University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone Nicky Baverstock, Programme Administrator on 02380 59 2327 or email .

Event details

Rates of obesity are continuing to rise in the UK, yet the NHS does not have the resources to support all patients wanting to lose weight. One solution is to use web-based interventions to support the current nurse delivered face to face weight management programmes. This could help reduce the amount of nurse support that patients require, thereby cutting NHS costs.

An evidence-based online intervention named POWeR (Positive Online Weight Reduction) is being developed to help support nurse based weight management interventions. The aims of this POWeR study are: to develop a tailored online behavioural intervention that is acceptable and usable for patients and nurses; and to determine levels of minimum face-to-face support to enable effective weight management. The development of this evidence-based intervention will be discussed including the philosophy behind the website, the behavioural tools used to aid weight loss and the process by which this website will be evaluated in order to develop it further. This will be an interactive session that will ask for your perspectives of the intervention.

The following questions will also be discussed:
How can the intervention be tailored sufficiently for gender?
How much face-to-face support is considered necessary for optimum results?

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Speaker information

Katherine Bradbury,Postgraduate research student (Health Psychology), School of Psychology, University of Southampton

Hannah Dorling,Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Southampton

Sarah Williams,Research Fellow, School of Psychology, University of Southampton

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