INtervention Study In overweiGHT Patients With COPD (INSIGHT COPD)

Symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and high body mass index (BMI) overlap. The investigators are trying to find out if a program proven to help people lose a modest amount of weight and increase their physical activity will improve COPD symptoms for those with a high BMI. The program uses a series of digital video discs (DVD) sessions focused on healthy eating and physical activity, and encourages participants to monitor their weight, diet, and physical activity for two years. For those who want to, they will be able to work with a health coach to help meet weight and activity goals. We hope that the program will lead to weight loss, better exercise tolerance, and less shortness of breath. To be in the study, participants will need to have COPD, high BMI, history of smoking, shortness of breath, and be at least 40 years old.


This research study is led by Dr. Victor Pinto-Plata.

Contact: Sherell Thornton-Thompson, 413-794-9056

Participation details:

May 12, 2017
Pulmonary/ Critical Care
Baystate Medical Center, 759 Chestnut St, Springfield, MA

Ages Eligible for Study: 40 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 40 years or older at time of eligibility screening
  • Body mass index 25.0-44.9 kg/m2
  • Smoked more than 10 pack-years of cigarettes
  • Shortness of breath
  • COPD

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Inability to speak, read, or understand English
  • Active weight loss interventions
  • Expected weight loss because of alternate explanations, such as from illness
  • Safety and/or adherence concerns due to severe physical or mental health issues or life expectancy <24 months
  • Pregnant, lactating, or planning to become pregnant during the study period
Interventional (Clinical Trial), Randomized