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Principal Investigators: Theodore Friedman (CDU), Jasmine Eugenio (DHS)
UCLA CTSI-Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) Projects
The overall objective of the study is to test the effect on body weight of attending a group weight loss program that serve an underserved population. The group setting is more likely to be successful than traditional physician patient encounters as it incorporates two crucial aspects of the patient’s health experience: the patient’s own effectiveness in managing medical problems together with his or her health care team, and the patient’s own community for support in integrating medical recommendations into his or her daily life. Our experience has found that the group setting is well received by patients and enhances access to care.