Recommendations for the presurgical psychosocial evaluation of bariatric surgery patients

Published June 2016

Prepared by Stephanie Sogg, Ph.D., Jennifer Lauretti, Ph.D., Lisa West-Smith, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.-S.

Abstract: Psychosocial factors have significant potential to affect long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery, including emotional adjustment, adherence to the recommended postoperative lifestyle regimen, weight loss outcomes, and co-morbidity improvement and or resolution. Thus, it is recommended that bariatric behavioral health clinicians with specialized knowledge and experience be involved in the evaluation and care of patients both before and after surgery. The evaluating clinician…

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