EMBER for Obesity

Phase-Based Progress Estimates
VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA, Palo Alto, CA
EMBER - Behavioral
All Sexes
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Study Summary

This study will test whether EMBER, a self-help tool to increase weight loss treatment engagement, helps veterans engage in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) weight management programs. Participants will be randomly assigned to receive EMBER or a list of weight management programs (the control group). They will answer questions about health beliefs and behaviors and share information from their medical record at the start of the study, 2-months after the start of the study, and 6-months after the start of the study. Participants will receive compensation for each of these contacts. Participants will also receive a reminder call 10 days after they enroll in the study. All study contacts will be over the phone. The main hypothesis is that people who receive EMBER will be more likely to use VHA weight management programs than people in the control group.

Treatment Effectiveness

Effectiveness Progress

1 of 3

Study Objectives

0 Primary · 6 Secondary · Reporting Duration: 2- and 6-months post randomization

2- and 6-months post randomization
New weight management behavior
Physical Activity
Quality of life
6-months post randomization
Weight Loss
Weight management use
6-months post-randomization
Number of weight management visits

Trial Safety

Safety Progress

1 of 3

Trial Design

2 Treatment Groups

1 of 2
1 of 2
Active Control
Experimental Treatment

470 Total Participants · 2 Treatment Groups

Primary Treatment: EMBER · No Placebo Group · N/A

Experimental Group · 1 Intervention: EMBER · Intervention Types: Behavioral
ActiveComparator Group · 1 Intervention: Control · Intervention Types: Behavioral

Trial Logistics

Trial Timeline

Approximate Timeline
Screening: ~3 weeks
Treatment: Varies
Reporting: 2- and 6-months post randomization
Closest Location: VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA · Palo Alto, CA
2006First Recorded Clinical Trial
1 TrialsResearching Obesity
52 CompletedClinical Trials

Eligibility Criteria

Age 18+ · All Participants · 2 Total Inclusion Criteria

Mark “yes” if the following statements are true for you:
You are a veteran using primary care at a VA facility in Palo Alto or Houston in the prior year.
You have a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2.

About The Reviewer

Michael Gill preview

Michael Gill - B. Sc.

First Published: October 9th, 2021

Last Reviewed: August 12th, 2022

Michael Gill holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Science and Mathematics from McMaster University. During his degree he devoted considerable time modeling the pharmacodynamics of promising drug candidates. Since then, he has leveraged this knowledge of the investigational new drug ecosystem to help his father navigate clinical trials for multiple myeloma, an experience which prompted him to co-found Power Life Sciences: a company that helps patients access randomized controlled trials.