The benefits of psychological counselling post-bariatric surgery

Ristanto, Ashley M., and Caltabiano, Marie (2018) The benefits of psychological counselling post-bariatric surgery. In: [Presented at the 2018 APS Congress]. From: 2018 APS Congress: Psychology Advancing into a New Age, 27-30 September 2018, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

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Aim: The effect of psychological counselling on wellbeing post Bariatric Surgery was examined in this study. It was hypothesized that a patient who attended 6 or more psychological counselling sessions would have an improved wellbeing score.

Design: Participants were recruited via an online survey. Method: 88 persons who had undergone bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve, roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding) responded to the survey, 39 of whom had undergone psychological counselling. The SF12 which assess physical and mental well-being was used.

Results: The type of surgery the patient had undergone did not seem to have any influence on how many sessions were attended however attending six or more counselling sessions post-surgery was shown to be beneficial in increasing physical wellbeing in participants who had undergone Gastric Sleeve Surgery (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy). The Gastric Sleeve group (n = 52) revealed a significantly higher SF12 Physical Component score for patients who attended more than 6 sessions of counselling (M = 51.26, SD = 4.71). Patients who had attended one to four counselling sessions showed improvement to their mental wellbeing SF12 score. The group who attended between one and four sessions (n = 23) was compared to those who had no sessions (n = 49) and analysed using an independent t test. The independent t test showed a significantly higher mental health component score (SF12 MCS) for the one to four session group (M = 49.02, SD = 6.12).

Conclusion: The combination of these findings suggest that more than 6 sessions of psychological counselling after Gastric sleeve surgery is beneficial to physical wellbeing scores while attending one to four psychological counselling sessions post-surgery benefits mental well-being scores.

Item ID: 56642
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: psychological counselling, bariatric patients, well-being
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Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 02:00
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 > 920206 Health Policy Economic Outcomes @ 50%
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