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My Health Coach Study

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02201069
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 25, 2014
Last Update Posted : August 22, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Zora Djuric, University of Michigan

Brief Summary:
The "My Health Coach Study" seeks to determine if health coaching by a medical assistant can help patients have better sleep, a better diet, be more physically active or lose weight, according to the recommendation of their health care provider.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Health Behavior Behavioral: health coaching Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The aim of the study is to determine whether medical assistants (MAs) can assist primary care providers to achieve healthier lifestyles via better sleep, food choices, weight loss and/or increased physical activity in their patients. The hypothesis driving this research is that health coaching can be done by existing medical support staff to facilitate healthy lifestyles in a primary care setting. Coaching can maximize the health of the patient population in a cost-effective way if the coaching service is integrated into primary care clinics with minimal capital investment at the outset. A major focus will be on behaviors associated with weight management since this is the most common health issue in the U.S. today. This method, if successful, should be easily adaptable to other health behaviors and in most any medical practice that seeks to improve the health of its patient base in a cost-effective way.

In order to achieve a change in health behaviors, and especially weight loss, regular follow-up contacts are needed. Previous research has shown health coaching to be effective, but this has utilized programs that "add on" to the existing clinic structure. This type of coaching model is difficult to sustain. Utilizing existing staff for health coaching is a method we propose to more fully integrate this service into primary care clinics.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 82 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: My Health Coach Study
Study Start Date : August 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2016

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: health coaching
12 weeks of health coaching using weekly contact in the first month and biweekly contacts in months 2-3.
Behavioral: health coaching

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Weight loss [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Diet quality [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    adherence to USDA recommendations

  2. Physical activity [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    adherence to physical activity recommendations of 30 min/day of at least moderate activity.

  3. Sleep [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    Better sleep habits

Other Outcome Measures:
  1. Quality of Life [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
    stress, fatigue, self-efficacy, motivation

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 100 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adults age 21 and over
  • referred by primary care physician for health coaching
  • have telephone for follow-up
  • English speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • pregnant or trying to become pregnant

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02201069

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United States, Michigan
Briarwood Family Medicine
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48108
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Michigan
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Responsible Party: Zora Djuric, Research Professor, University of Michigan Identifier: NCT02201069    
Other Study ID Numbers: HUM00087322
First Posted: July 25, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 22, 2016
Last Verified: August 2016
Keywords provided by Zora Djuric, University of Michigan:
physical activity
weight loss