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E-therapeutic intervention program for obese adolescents and their family

The main objective is the development, implementation and evaluation of a program of treatment of obesity in adolescence, based on e-therapy and based on the methodology of case management. It aims to promote weight management skills, health knowledge, adoption of healthy lifestyles through increased and interactive contact between adolescent, family and clinical team. It includes 4 complementary studies:
(E1) diagnosis of the situation
(E2) platform usability assessment
(E3) evaluation of program effectiveness and
(E4) evaluation of the behavioral change process during the e-therapeutic intervention.

The main benefits will be: reduced BMI z-score and increased adherence, quality of life and healthy lifestyle profile.

PRINCIPAL RESEARCHER in the Polytechnic of Leiria
Pedro Gaspar

RESEARCH ORGANIZATION
University of Lisbon, Portugal
Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies, Portugal
Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal

DURATION
30 months (2013 – 2015) 

INSTITUTIONAL AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS
Coordinated by: Associação para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento da Faculdade de Medicina (AIDFM/FM/ULisboa)

FUNDING
PTDC/DTP-PIC/0769/2012