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Weight Loss Treatment in Obese Adults

Kishore M. Gadde, MD1
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1Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2568. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282258.
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To the Editor In their From The JAMA Network Commentary1 on our article,2 Drs Apovian and Aronne stated “Perhaps the 96.9% 1-year return visit authors call ‘retention rate’ should instead be called ‘1-year return rate,’ because the 58 participants who returned for final assessment were nonadherent with the treatment protocol. Of the 58 participants who were nonadherent, 51 came back for the 1-year assessment, leaving 7 lost to follow-up. Therefore, the study completion rate was 95.6%, which is excellent for a weight loss trial.” I believe this was an inaccurate statement.

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December 18, 2013
Caroline M. Apovian, MD; Louis J. Aronne, MD
1Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Nutrition, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
2Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2568. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282261.
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