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Randomised controlled trial
Task-based weight management programme delivered in primary care promotes better long-term weight loss among women from lower socioeconomic groups than usual practice
  1. Clare Bambra
  1. Newcastle University Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Institute of Health and Society, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, The Baddiley-Clark Building, Richardson Road, Newcastle on Tyne NE2 4AX, UK; clare.bambra{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The study is important in demonstrating that a task-based weight management programme can potentially be effective in reducing obesity among lower socioeconomic groups.

  • The role of nurses in delivering such weight loss interventions should be evaluated.


Obesity is recognised as one of the major future health challenges. Obesity is causally linked to chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, osteoarthritis and certain forms of cancer. Since the 1980s, the prevalence of obesity has risen threefold in the majority of high-income countries.1 Strong …

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  • Funding NIHR Public Health Research Programme (09/3010/14).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.