Parham, Ellen S.
M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Human and Family Resources
Reinforcement (Psychology); Telephone--Psychological aspects; Weight loss--Psychological aspects
In a sample population of 50 subjects, follow-up telephone calls were evaluated as an intervention to improve client compliance to a calorie-controlled diet for weight loss taught in an individual, single counseling session. Following random assignment of the subjects to the experimental and control groups, the 25 experimental subjects were called (via telephone) to reinforce the nutrition education session. All subjects returned for follow-up assessment of compliance to the diet regimen 28 days after the initial instruction. Ninety percent of the subjects participating in the study lost weight, a higher success rate than usually reported. Receiving the follow-up telephone call did not significantly improve compliance. The compliance demonstrated by the total group is interpreted as a response to the anticipation of a telphone call and of the follow-up assessment.
Wilford, Laura A., "Analysis of the effect of follow-up telephone calling on client compliance to diet instructions" (1987). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 1465.
Northern Illinois University
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