Tackling reporting issues and variation in behavioural weight management interventions: Design and piloting of the standardized reporting of adult behavioural weight management interventions to aid evaluation (STAR‐LITE) template

Heggie, L., MacKenzie, R. M., Ells, L. J., Simpson, S. A. and Logue, J. (2020) Tackling reporting issues and variation in behavioural weight management interventions: Design and piloting of the standardized reporting of adult behavioural weight management interventions to aid evaluation (STAR‐LITE) template. Clinical Obesity, 10(5), e12390. (doi: 10.1111/cob.12390) (PMID:32632970)

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Abstract

In the United Kingdom, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence make recommendations to guide the local‐level selection and implementation of adult behavioural weight management interventions (BWMIs) which lack specificity. The reporting of BWMIs is generally poorly detailed, resulting in difficulties when comparing effectiveness, quality and appropriateness for participants. This non‐standardized reporting makes meta‐analysis of intervention data impossible, resulting in vague guidance based on weak evidence, reinforcing the urgent need for consistency and detail within BWMI description. STAR‐LITE ‐ a 4‐section, 119‐item standardized adult BWMI reporting template ‐ was developed and tested using a two‐phase process. After initial design, the template was piloted using adult behavioural weight management RCTs and currently implemented UK BWMI mapping information to further refine the template and examine current reporting and variance. Overall, reporting quality of weight management RCTs was poor, and large variance across different components of real‐world BWMIs was observed. Non‐specific guidance and wide variation in adult BWMIs are likely linked to inadequate RCT reporting quality and the inability to perform reliable comparisons of data. Future use of STAR‐LITE would facilitate the consistent, detailed reporting of adult BWMIs, supporting their evaluation and comparison, to ultimately inform effective policy and improve weight management practice.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heggie, Ms Lisa and Logue, Dr Jennifer and Simpson, Professor Sharon and MacKenzie, Dr Ruth
Authors: Heggie, L., MacKenzie, R. M., Ells, L. J., Simpson, S. A., and Logue, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Clinical Obesity
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:1758-8103
ISSN (Online):1758-8111
Published Online:06 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in Clinical Obesity 10(5):e12390
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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