Virtual Shared Medical Appointments for an Innovation and Technological Approach to Healthy Lifestyle (VITAL) Study
Welcome to the Virtual Shared Medical Appointments for an Innovative and Technological Approach to Healthy Lifestyle (VITAL) Study webpage!
The VITAL Study is a one-year study sponsored by the Verizon Foundation to implement an innovative and unique virtual Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) for weight management.
The VITAL study will apply video conferencing technology to an existing 12-week SMA program for weight management at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation allowing participants to join “virtual” small group on a weekly basis, aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle.
The VITAL Virtual Shared Medical Appointment will be implemented online in which participants will remotely attend weekly group meetings over a 12-week period. Each meeting will take about 60 minutes. The program will utilize high-definition webcams, and a wireless body weight scale to use during the duration of the study, and detailed demonstrations/instructions on how to successfully use the technology provided to participate in the virtual SMAs.
SMAs are group appointments for patients with similar medical concerns that also include components of a regular office visit. SMA participants benefit from the opportunity to spend more time with a clinician while learning from each other. Previous studies have shown that the specialized weight management SMA is effective in helping individuals lose weight and improve their diet and physical activity.
Since men aged 25-55 can greatly benefit from the risk reduction associated with weight-loss, the VITAL study aims to make the SMA for weight management more accessible to this population using video conferencing technology. Male PAMF patients who are between the ages of 21 and 55 and who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) >30 kg/m2 may be eligible to participate in the study. Also, participants must have reliable computer, internet, and email access.
For any questions regarding the VITAL Study of to volunteer to participate, please contact:
Kristen Azar, RN, MSN/MPH at (650)330-5857 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org