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GAME OF STONES IS RECRUITING MEN WHO WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT THROUGHOUT 2021. 

 

IN BELFAST, the research fieldworkers are Clare Jess and Christina O'Neill supported by Queen's University Belfast and the Public Health Agency. 

We are following Government COVID-Safe guidance.  If you are interested in taking partcontact us via https://www.gameofstonesresearch.com/ or using our email gameofstones@qub.ac.uk 

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WHAT IS THE GAME OF STONES TRIAL? 

People with obesity are at greater risk of type two diabetes, some cancers, heart disease, stroke, infections like COVID-19 and mobility problems. However, men rarely take part in weight loss services. Together with men who have tried to lose weight, we designed a new weight loss service. 

GAME OF STONES AIMS to find out if text messages (with and without cash incentives) can help men to lose weight over 1 year and keep it off for another year compared to a waiting list group.  

KEY QUESTIONS THIS STUDY WILL ANSWER: Do men lose weight and keep it off? What are the costs and benefits for men and the NHS? Does the service help men who are less well-off as well as the more well-off? What are men’s experiences? 

RESEARCHERS IN GLASGOW, BELFAST AND BRISTOL will recruit 585 men from varied backgrounds. GP practices will send invitation letters and researchers will recruit men at community venues. Men will be allocated by chance to one of three groups: texts with incentives; texts only; and a 12-month waiting list for texts. The full cash incentive is only paid at 12 months if all personal weight loss targets are met when men are weighed at 3, 6, and 12 months. Some money is lost for each target weight that is not met. Weight loss after 12 months is the main outcome hoped for and men are asked questions about their health, quality of life, well-being and experiences. Men are weighed 1 year later (24 months after the start).

KEY QUESTIONS THIS STUDY WILL ANSWER: Do men lose weight and keep it off? What are the costs and benefits for men and the NHS? Does the service help men who are less well-off as well as the more well-off? 
THE FINDINGS will be shared with the public, men’s health groups and health service staff through social media, blogs, reports, presentations and research papers. 
 
THE FEASIBILITY TRIAL RESULTS are now published [1-4]. Many thanks to the 105 men who participated and everyone who helped us!  Men previously involved are very welcome to sign up again via https://www.gameofstonesresearch.com/  The text messages have been refined with men, for men and are new. They share tips to help men find a plan that works for them and stick to it. There’s no magic bullet, but there is a new website with information and self-monitoring features. Apart from the text messages – there are not many changes from our feasibility study -  apart from changes to help protect against COVID of course.   

WHO IS FUNDING GAME OF STONES? 
The Game of Stones Trial is funded by NIHR Public Health Research [REF 129703] and has been approved by the North of Scotland Research Ethics Committee (2) [IRAS REF 290955].   

WHO ARE THE TRIAL INVESTIGATORS? 

Prof. Pat Hoddinott (Chief Investigator) 
University of Stirling 

Dr Stephan Dombrowski
University of Stirling 

Prof Marjon van der Pol 
University of Aberdeen 

Prof Alison Avenell 
University of Aberdeen 

Prof Frank Kee  
Queens University, Belfast 

Prof Michelle McKinley  
Queens University, Belfast 

Prof Katrina Turner 
University of Bristol 

Mr Andrew Elders  
Glasgow Caledonian University 

Prof Graeme Maclennan 
University of Aberdeen 

Prof Kate Hunt 
University of Stirling 

Prof Cindy Gray 
University of Glasgow 

Associate Prof Fiona Harris  
University of Stirling 

Martin Tod and Jim Pollard 
Men’s Health Forum GB https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/  

Colin Fowler and Paula Carroll 
Men’s Health Forum all Ireland https://www.mhfi.org/  
 
THE TRIAL MANAGERS ARE 
Catriona O’Dolan and Lisa Macaulay, supported by Research Fellow Claire Torrens 

IN GLASGOW, the research fieldworkers are Claire Torrens and Kathryn Machray supported by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Glasgow and University of Stirling 

IN BRISTOL, the research fieldworkers are Hilary Taylor and Jack Brazier supported by University of Bristol and NHS England 

 
BEHIND THE SCENES SUPPORT: 

 THE CENTRE FOR HEALTHCARE RANDOMISED CONTROLLED TRIALS (CHaRT) at University of Aberdeen -  Mark Forrest, Beatriz Goulao and Seonaidh Cotton   
THE HEALTH INFORMATICS CENTRE at the University of Dundee (Claire Jones and Keith Milburn) 
 
GAME OF STONES COLLABORATORS INCLUDE:  

Matthew McDonald and Rebecca Skinner, research fieldworkers on the 2017 Game of Stones feasibility trial, who are both doing PhDs in weight management for men 
Prof George Crooks CEO of The Digital Health Institute at the University of Strathclyde;  
Dr Karen Allan, Academic Team Lead for Dietetics at Robert Gordon University, 
Dr David Blane, University of Glasgow 
 
THE INDEPENDENT TRIAL STEERING GROUP PROVIDES OVERSIGHT ON BEHALF OF NIHR

Prof Edmund Juszczak (Chair)  
Prof of Clinical Trials and Statistics in Medicine  
University of Nottingham 
 
Prof Kate Jolly 
Professor of Public Health & Primary Care 
University of Birmingham 
 
Prof Emma Frew 
Professor in Health Economics 
University of Birmingham 
 
Mr David Gardner (PPI member) 
Chairman of Scottish Men's Sheds and Chair of N Ayrshire Patient Participation Group 
Scottish Men's Sheds 
 
Mr Graham Jameson (PPI member) 
Administration Officer, Registers of Scotland