TECNOB Study: Ad Interim Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial of a Multidisciplinary Telecare Intervention for Obese Patients with Type-2 Diabetes.

Source: Castelnuovo, G., et al. 2011 Pubmed ID: 21559233 - Pubmed ID: 21559233

Setting: Italy, Hospital

Study design:



Follow up: 12 months

Patient group:

Sample size:

Total: 72 (12)

IG: NA (3)

CG: NA (9)


Inclusion criteria:

  • Obesity (BMI ≥30)
  • Diabetes type 2
Type of technology:

Webpage TECNOB (interactive)

  • Questionnaires
  • Data monitoring
  • Videoconference virtual room
  • Food diary
  • Messaging

Home monitoring (Multisensory armband)

  • Calories count
  • Activity sensor

Intervention: 1 month inpatient program at hospital, medically-managed program for weigh reduction including nutritional rehab, psychological counselling and physical activity. Patients uses the TECNOB web platform for monitoring data concerning dietary, activity level, weight and glycated hemoglobin. Patients maintain contact with dietitian and psychologist via SMS (regularly) and videoconference (6 sessions the first 3 months, then about every 30th day).


Duration: 13 months (incl. 1 month inpatient program)

Add on:  NA


Control group: 1 month inpatient program

Clinical effect/ Patient safety:

Clinical effect:

  • Weight loss →

Patient safety: NA

Patient experiences/ Staff experiences:

Patient experiences: NA

Staff experiences: NA

Costs and organization:


Staff resources

  • Development of web platform (http://www.telbios.it)


Staff resources

  • Patient training
  • Video consultation

Organization: NA

Health care utilization: NA

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“↑”: Statistically significant increase

“↓”: Statistically significant decrease

“→”: Statistically insignificant (no difference)