The Integrated Health (IH) section of ASMBS consists of a diverse group of professionals who provide a continuum of care for the metabolic and bariatric patient.
Who are Integrated Health Professionals?
The Integrated Health (IH) professional is a member of the health care team that supports the metabolic and bariatric surgery patient inquiry through the surgical process into long-term care and support. Integrated Health professionals prepare, counsel and support in order to optimize the benefits of weight loss surgery. The Integrated Health professional is there to identify, intervene and teach positive behavioral, emotional and provide interventions that affect long-term outcomes.
ASMBS Integrated Health members consist of all supporting positions in metabolic and bariatric surgery, from nurses to therapists to data entry personnel. Together, Integrated Health professionals help in the holistic and long-term follow up care of the patient. Here are just a few of the more common Integrated Health professions:
Advance Practice Providers
Behavioral Health Specialists