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Attitudes of Bariatric Surgeons to Weight and Obesity in Patients

A prior study found that nearly 80% of bariatric surgery patients felt that they were treated disrespectfully by members of the medical profession. This study assessed patient-physician interactions in a group of bariatric surgery patients and in a group of less obese patients who sought weight loss by other means.

Methods

A total of 105 bariatric surgery candidates (mean BMI, 54.8 kg/m(2)) and 214 applicants to a randomized controlled trial of the effects of behavior modification and sibutramine (mean BMI, 37.8 kg/m(2)) completed a questionnaire that assessed patient-physician interactions concerning weight.

Results

Only 13% of bariatric surgery patients reported that they were usually or always treated disrespectfully by members of the medical profession, a percentage substantially lower than that found in the previous study. Surprisingly, surgery patients were significantly more satisfied than non-surgery patients with the care they received for their obesity. Surgery patients also reported significantly more interactions with physicians concerning obesity and weight loss compared with nonsurgery patients. A substantial percentage of both groups, however, reported that their physician did not discuss weight control with them.

Issues

These and other findings suggest that doctor-patient interactions concerning weight may have improved in the past decade; however, there is still much room for improvement. Increased efforts are needed to help physicians discuss, assess, and potentially treat obesity in primary care practice.

Source:
Anderson DA, Wadden TA. Department of Psychology, University at Albany, 369 Social Science, Albany NY 12222.

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Laparoscopic or open bariatric surgery, such as gastric banding or bypass is not an easy solution to morbid obesity and weight loss. It is a serious surgical procedure, involving health risks. To produce lasting weight loss it requires a long-term patient commitment to eating a healthy diet and following a regular program of physical exercise. Life-long use of nutritional supplements may also be necessary. So, before deciding, discuss your options fully with your doctor. © 2003-2017 Bariatric-Surgery.Info - Terms - Contact - Information - Resources