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Developing a long-term follow up service for bariatric surgical patients in the community: patient and professional perspectives

Graham, Yitka, Fox, Ann, Mahawar, Kamal, Parrott, Julie, Khalil, Fadi and Hayes, Catherine (2023) Developing a long-term follow up service for bariatric surgical patients in the community: patient and professional perspectives. Obesity Science and Practice. pp. 1-9. ISSN 2055-2238

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In the UK, bariatric surgical patients are followed up for 2 years post-operatively in hospital settings, before being discharged into General Practice for long-term follow-up. Presently, there is ambiguous guidance as to what should be included in a community-based bariatric surgical follow-up service. The aim of the study was to understand, from both patient and professional perspectives, what is needed to support the long-term management of bariatric surgical patients in community-based settings.
Post-surgical bariatric patients and General Practice staff were recruited from an area in the UK which has an NHS hospital providing a high-volume and established bariatric surgical service. Data was collected through semi-structured interviews. A thematic analytic framework was used to construct eight themes which illuminated the participants’ experiences. The study took place between March – December 2021.
Thirty participants (14 patients and 16 healthcare professionals) were recruited to the study. The study revealed the lack of a framework for delivery of a long-term follow up service was frustrating to both patients and professionals. Patient participants reported needing more support, especially dietetic and psychological input, and professionals stated they had little knowledge about bariatric surgical care, and what was needed to provide optimal care, but wanted to provide quality patient care.
Long-term follow up of bariatric surgical patients is an important issue which needs addressing. This study illuminates both the patient and professional perspectives on developing a pragmatic, community-based service which meets the needs of patients and considers the need to incorporate such a service into existing infrastructures without adding additional demands on General Practice.

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Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2023 14:53
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2023 14:53


Author: Yitka Graham ORCID iD
Author: Catherine Hayes ORCID iD
Author: Ann Fox
Author: Kamal Mahawar
Author: Julie Parrott
Author: Fadi Khalil

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