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Exploring the patient-reported impact of the pharmacist on pre-bariatric surgical assessment

Graham, Yitka, callejas-diaz, Lindes, Parkin, Lindsay, Mahawar, Kamal, Small, Peter and Hayes, Catherine (2018) Exploring the patient-reported impact of the pharmacist on pre-bariatric surgical assessment. Obesity Surgery. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0960-8923

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The effects of surgical procedures and the need for life-long nutrient supplementation may impact on medication regimes, requiring changes to dosage and formulation of medicines, which can be difficult for patients following surgery. Our pre-surgical assessment pathway involves a pharmacist with specialist knowledge of bariatric surgery, to help prepare patients for these changes.
To explore the patient-reported impact of the specialist bariatric pharmacist in pre-surgical assessment.
National Health Service Hospital, United Kingdom
A two phased, retrospective study design using participants recruited from pre-surgical clinic lists. The first phase consisted of confidential, face to face semi-structured interviews. A constant comparative analytic framework informed the construction of the second phase, which consisted of a confidential survey to test the generalizability of the findings with a larger cohort of patients.
A total of 40 participants (12 interviews, 28 surveys) were recruited to the study. The majority of participants were female (n=33), mean age 50 years, mean pre-surgical weight 124kg (n=38). The most common comorbidity was Type 2 diabetes. Participants on medication had at least one comorbidity, with the majority of conditions improved or eliminated after surgery.
The pre-surgical consultation with the pharmacist was highly valued by the participants, providing information and support which helped prepare for medication changes after bariatric surgery. Many felt a post-surgical appointment with the pharmacist would provide support and improve compliance with vitamins and medications. Future research into the role of pharmacists in the bariatric multi-disciplinary team and patient support are recommended

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Depositing User: Yitka Graham


Item ID: 10137
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Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2018 15:03
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 16:07


Author: Yitka Graham ORCID iD
Author: Catherine Hayes ORCID iD
Author: Lindes callejas-diaz
Author: Lindsay Parkin
Author: Kamal Mahawar
Author: Peter Small

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Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Sciences > Nursing

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