With or Without Dietary Intervention
Findings published in Annals of Internal Medicine report the compared efficacy of telehealth exercise programs used with or without dietary intervention. The exercise program alone = 6 videoconference meetings comprising exercise, behavior, and self-management instruction. For the exercise and diet group, 6 more meetings were included with a dietitian.
Compared to a control group, improvement was seen in both the exercise group and the exercise plus diet group, with significant improvement seen in knee pain, physical function, and quality of life; improvements were maintained long term. Additional benefits were noted in the exercise/diet group—better physical functioning, fewer medications, and greater weight loss. The study concluded that “telehealth programs represent potentially scalable and accessible ways for people with knee osteoarthritis to receive recommended interventions.”
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