How do group versus individual sessions compare in terms of effectiveness of treating childhood obesity?
Within multi-component pediatric obesity treatment programs, limited evidence suggests that group vs. individual treatment formats have similar effects on improving adiposity outcomes.
- Grade I means there is Good/Strong evidence supporting the statement;
- Grade II is Fair;
- Grade III is Limited/Weak;
- Grade IV is Expert Opinion Only;
- Grade V is Not Assignable.
- High (A) means we are very confident that the true effect lies close to that of the estimate of the effect;
- Moderate (B) means we are moderately confident in the effect estimate;
- Low (C) means our confidence in the effect estimate is limited;
- Very Low (D) means we have very little confidence in the effect estimate.
- Ungraded means a grade is not assignable.
Evidence Summary: Comparison of Individual versus Group Intervention Formats in Treating Childhood Obesity
- Quality Rating Summary
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Search Plan and Results: Treatment Format: Individual versus Group Format 2006