The engagement pathway: A conceptual framework of engagement-related terms in weight management

James D. Nobles*, Arnaldo Perez, Joseph A. Skelton, Nicholas D. Spence, Geoff D. Ball

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Abstract

Engagement denotes the extent to which, and how, individuals participate in weight management (WM) services. Effective WM services should generate meaningful outcomes and promote high participant engagement; however, research is predominantly focused on the former. Given that engagement is a poorly understood phenomenon, and that engagement-related concepts are often used synonymously (e.g., dropout and attrition), the engagement pathway is hereby introduced. This pathway defines key concepts (e.g., recruitment, adherence, attrition) and their relationships in the enrolment, intervention, and maintenance stages of treatment. The pathway will help researchers and practitioners better understand engagement-related concepts whilst encouraging greater conceptual consistency between studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalObesity Research and Clinical Practice
Volume12
Issue number2
Early online date12 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • Attrition
  • Dropout
  • Engagement
  • Weight management

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