NC: Group vs. Individual Counseling (2007)
What is the evidence regarding the difference in effectiveness for individual- vs. group-based nutrition counseling?
Three positive-rated RCTs evaluated individual vs. group counseling targeted to weight or diabetes management in middle-aged subjects. These short-duration studies found group counseling significantly more effective than individual counseling. Further research is needed to support these findings.
- 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: Group vs. Individual Counseling
- Quality Rating Summary
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- Ashley JM, St. Jeor ST, Schrage JP, Permean-Chaney SE, Gilbertson MC, McCall NL, Bovee V. Weight Control in the Physician's office. Arch Internal Med, 161; 2001: 1,599-1,604,
- Gucciardi E, DeMelo M, Lee R, Grace S. Assessment of two culturally competent Diabetes education methods: Individual vs. Individual plus Group education in Canadian Portuguese adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Ethnicity and Health. 2007; 12 (2): 163-187.
- Renjilian DA, Nezu A, Shermer RL, Perri MG, McKelvey WF, Anton SD; Individual versus group therapy for obesity: Effects of matching participants to their treatment preferences. Journal of Counsulting and Clinical Psychology, 2001; 69 (4): 717-721.
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