Women's Health Trial: Feasibility Study in Minority Populations

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : October 28, 1999
Last Update Posted : February 14, 2017
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Brief Summary:
To evaluate the feasibility of recruiting women of different socioeconomic status and minority groups and to determine whether these women could achieve and maintain a modified fat-eating pattern. The full-scale trial sought to determine whether a low-fat diet could decrease the incidence of cancer and coronary heart disease in postmenopausal women. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute contributed funds over a three-year period to measure lipids, lipoproteins, and other cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Cardiovascular Diseases Coronary Disease Heart Diseases Myocardial Ischemia Postmenopause Behavioral: diet, fat-restricted Phase 3

Detailed Description:


The Request for Proposal for the Women's Health Trial: Feasibility Study in Minority Populations was developed and released by the National Cancer Institute with assistance from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.


Randomized. Recruitment began in August 1992 and ended in February 1994. Forty percent of the subjects were randomized to a control group and 60 percent to the dietary intervention group. Dietary counseling aimed to reduce total fat to 20 percent of calories, reduce saturated fat and dietary cholesterol intakes, and to increase the intake of fruits, vegetables, and grain products. Recruitment and randomization were conducted over an 18-month period at three clinical centers. Other objectives of the trial included: development and evaluation of strategies for recruiting and retaining women of different racial and SES groups into a dietary intervention study; identification of factors affecting compliance; assessment of the effects of a modified fat eating pattern on cardiovascular disease risk factors, including fasting blood lipids and lipoproteins, glucose and insulin, body weight and blood pressure; identification and assessment of potential biochemical and/or biological markers for dietary adherence.

Close-out visits began in May 1994 and ended in September 1994. These visits included six, twelve, and eighteen-month follow-up. NCI extended the coordinating center contract through January 1996 to support data analysis and publication of research results.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Study Start Date : September 1991
Study Completion Date : January 1996

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years to 69 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Postmenopausal women, aged 50 to 69 years, who consumed 38 percent or more of total calories as fat at baseline.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00000481

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
OverallOfficial: Valerie George University of Miami
OverallOfficial: W. Hall Emory University
OverallOfficial: Albert Oberman University of Alabama at Birmingham


Responsible Party: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier: NCT00000481     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 71
N01CN025427-010 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: October 28, 1999    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 14, 2017
Last Verified: February 2017

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Coronary Disease
Coronary Artery Disease
Myocardial Ischemia
Pathologic Processes
Vascular Diseases
Arterial Occlusive Diseases