Psychological support and well-being in post-bariatric surgery patients

Ristanto, Ashley, and Caltabiano, Marie L. (2018) Psychological support and well-being in post-bariatric surgery patients. Obesity Surgery. (In Press)

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Abstract

Bariatric surgery research has focused predominantly on weight loss outcomes and complications of surgery in relation to the type of surgical procedure. The psychological impact of having bariatric surgery has received less attention. This study investigated whether patients who receive psychological counselling have better physical and mental well-being post-bariatric surgery. Eighty-eight persons (81 female, 7 male, M age 43.99 years) who had undergone weight loss surgery were recruited from bariatric surgery and obesity online support groups to answer an electronic survey which included the Health Survey Short Form (SF-12) to assess mental and physical well-being. Patients who had attended ≥ 6 counselling sessions after Gastric Sleeve surgery had better physical well-being, compared to those who attended <6 sessions. Patients who attended between one and four psychological counselling sessions had significantly higher psychological well-being. Psychological support for the mental health needs of obese patients post-surgery requires more attention.

Item ID: 56638
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1708-0428
Keywords: bariatric surgery, psychological counselling, mental well-being, physical well-being
Copyright Information: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2018
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 22:33
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes @ 50%
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