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Kasey Goodpaster, PhD
Chair

Sue Benson-Davies, PhD DCN MPH RDN LN FAND
Co-Chair

Lillian Craggs-Dino, DHA RDN LDN CLT
IHEC Liaison

Members

Cynthia Blalock, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Katie Chapmon, MS, RD, Immediate Past Chair
Danbi Choi, MSN, APRN, NP-C
Gwendolyn Crispell, RN, MSN, CBN

Julie Parrott, MS, RD, CPT
Debra Proulx, RN, BHS, MBA, CBN
Melissa Santos, PhD
Stephanie Sogg, PhD, Senior Past Chair

Clinical Issues Committee MD Liaison

Dan Eisenberg, MD

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson

Mission

The mission of the Integrated Health Clinical Issues Committee is to create evidence-based position statements with focus on clinical issues related to the integrated multidisciplinary team as well as issues related to the individual integrated health disciplines with the goal of enhancing the safety, quality and outcomes of bariatric and metabolic surgical patient care.

Description

The ASMBS Clinical Issues Committee represents multiple disciplines of bariatric integrated health professionals with at least one member representing the following disciplines – nursing, behavioral health, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, registered dietitian, and pharmacist. The Committee members are appointed by the IHEC President with input from the Committee Chair and Co-Chair.

Objectives

1) Prioritize and develop projects and publications and provide evidence-based clinical and practice recommendations using a multidisciplinary approach
a. Identify, develop, and revise best practice recommendations, clinical guidelines, position statements and protocols for the different disciplines within Integrated Health – review and reassess every two years
b. Collaborate with surgeons’ CIC to provide an Integrated Health perspective in their projects, as needed
c. Identify and provide support to the committee/member(s) developing best practices, clinical guidelines, position statements and recommendations
d. Develop protocols for initiating and implementing projects and establish direct communication with IHEC
e. Publicize publications both internally and externally via Communications Committee, as appropriate

Committee Goals

Short-Term

1) Nutrition for Pregnancy after Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Literature Review and Practical Guide
2) Online Psych Guidelines (TelePsych Survey) – papers on General Controversies, Qualitative and Quantitative Data

Mid-Term

1) Nutrition Guidelines: Macronutrients
2) Behavioral Health Adolescent/Pediatric Psych Guidelines
3) Gastric Band Guidelines Update
4) Cannabis Paper

Long-Term

1) Review potential and existing statements, papers, and resources
2) Develop orientation program for members with possible training models on types of papers and provide training or mentoring within the committee for new members

Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:

Short-Term

1) Final draft of the Nutrition for Pregnancy after Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: Literature Review and Practical Guide complete
2) Online Psych Guidelines (TelePsych Survey) – the qualitative examination of the free-text responses is complete and the paper is in near-final draft

Mid-Term

1) Nutrition Guidelines: Macronutrients in progress
2) Behavioral Health Adolescent/Pediatric Psych Guidelines – scoping review – have determined their focus and their questions, beginning the literature search/review phase
3) Gastric Band Guidelines Update – writing group formed, in progress
4) Cannabis Paper – writing group formed, in progress – literature review and outline

Long-Term

1) Cannabis Paper – writing group formed; added an Ad Hoc member for this paper. Currently working on the literature review and outline

2020-2021 Completed Projects

1) Integrated Health Toolkit moved to Active AMSBS IH Members Only Facebook page (coordination with IH Communications Committee)
2) Assisted the IHEC on updating the IH Process for Statement Development for manuscript writing and approval
3) 2014 MBS Coordinator Job Description updated and published on the MBSAQIP website and Active AMSBS IH Members Only Facebook page
4) Collaborated with the CIC on the ASMBS Position Statement on Preoperative Patient Optimization before Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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