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Obesity Surgery

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 369–377 | Cite as

Psychosocial Evaluation for Bariatric Surgery: The Boston Interview and Opportunities for Intervention

Review

Abstract

The process of psychosocial evaluation for weight loss surgery (WLS) is one that goes beyond serving the function of information-gathering (Bauchowitz et al. in Surg Obes Relat Dis 3:554–558, 2007; Friedman et al. in Surg Obes Relat Dis 3:376–382, 2007; Lanyon and Maxwell in Obes Surg 17:321–328, 2007; Sogg and Mori in Obes Surg 14:370–380, 2004; Sogg and Mori in Surg Obes Relat Dis 4:455–463, 2008). This process offers myriad opportunities for delivering significant and powerful interventions that can enhance the patient’s success in the WLS process. A discussion of the unique opportunities for psychosocial intervention afforded by the pre-surgical evaluation process is presented, using The Boston Interview for Bariatric Surgery (Sogg and Mori in Surg Obes Relat Dis 4:455–463, 2008) as the organizing framework.

Keywords

Bariatric surgery/psychology Behavior Humans Obesity Morbid/psychology/surgery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Massachusetts General Hospital Weight CenterHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.VA Boston Healthcare SystemBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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