Overview

This trial has been completed.

Conditions adhd, weight loss
Treatments adaptive working memory training, non-adaptive cognitive training
Sponsor University of Vermont
Start date October 2015
End date May 2016
Trial size 37 participants
Trial identifier NCT02529397, CHRBBS: 15-647

Summary

This study will examine the effects of providing subjects who have attention deficits, with or without a formal diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with Working Memory computerized training and explore whether this training is a feasible way to help them better engage in a weight loss treatment program, thereby enhancing weight loss results. Half of the participants will receive five weeks of online adaptive WM training concurrently while attending an in-person 24-week behavioral weight management program and half will receive five weeks of a non-adaptive form of cognitive training concurrently while attending a 24-week behavioral weight management program in person.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (subject)
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
The experimental group will receive working memory training through a commercial computerized program: five weeks of adaptive working memory training concurrently with a behavioral weight loss program. Adaptive working memory training becomes progressively more challenging depending on an individual's performance on a given task. They will attend weekly classes of a behavioral weight loss program.
adaptive working memory training
Participants will train for 30-40 minutes per day, five days per week at home for 5 weeks using an adaptive cognitive training program which becomes increasingly challenging as the participant masters each level. Behavioral classes will teach the principles of weight management and exercise.
(Placebo Comparator)
The control group will receive five weeks of non-adaptive (placebo) cognitive training concurrent with the identical behavioral weight loss program as in the experimental group. Non-adaptive cognitive training remains at a constant level.
non-adaptive cognitive training
Participants will train for 30-40 minutes per day, five days per week at home for 5 weeks using a non-adaptive cognitive training program. Behavioral classes will teach the principles of weight management and exercise.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Weight
time frame: 24 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 18 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Must score 4 or higher on the ASRS v. 1.1 - Must live within 45 minutes driving distance from UVM campus - Must be able to exercise - Must have a computer with internet access and ability to utilize flash - Must be 18 or older Exclusion Criteria: - Health issues that preclude exercise - use of medications that interfere with the ability to lose weight - vacation longer than two weeks - current participation in another weight loss program - reside more than 45 minutes from UVM campus in Burlington - no internet access, no home computer, or computer cannot use flash

Additional Information

Official title Obesity Treatment Enhanced With Working Memory Training
Principal investigator Doris Ogden, MS
Description Populations with ADHD or attention issues tend to have more weight loss attempts, struggle more with losing weight, and drop out of treatment more frequently than those without attention difficulties. Adaptive working memory training has been used to strengthen working memory and to mediate the symptoms associated with ADHD. The adaptive training becomes progressively more challenging as participants master each level of the training, while non-adaptive training remains at the same level throughout. Both groups will attend 24 weekly, in-person weight management classes on the University of Vermont Campus. Both groups will do cognitive training on their own home computers five days a week for 30-40 minutes for five weeks concurrently while engaged in the weight loss program.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in October 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Vermont.