Obesity Surgery

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 776–784 | Cite as

Development of a Measure of Barriers to Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) Aftercare Attendance

  • Beth M. L. Miller
  • Kylie D. Murphy
  • Paul E. O’Brien
  • Leah BrennanEmail author
Original Contributions



Regular aftercare attendance following laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is associated with greater weight loss and fewer post-surgical complications. Despite high reported rates of attrition from LAGB aftercare, the reasons for non-attendance have not been thoroughly explored. The aim of the current study was to describe the scale development, explore the factor structure and evaluate the psychometric properties of the Gastric Banding Aftercare Attendance Questionnaire (GBAAQ)—a tool that measures barriers to aftercare attendance in LAGB patients.


One hundred and eighty-three participants completed the GBAAQ; 107 regular attendees and 76 non-attendees.


A factor analysis identified four factors (Treatment Approach, Time Constraints, Stress and Pressures, Uncomfortable Participating) that demonstrated good known-groups validity and internal consistency.


Although further validation is needed, the results of the present study provide preliminary support for the validity of the GBAAQ. Knowledge about the barriers to LAGB aftercare attendance can be used to identify those most at risk of non-attendance and can inform strategies aimed at reducing non-attendance.


LAGB Aftercare Attrition Perceived barriers Compliance Attendance Complications Follow-up Measurement 


Conflict of Interest

The Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) receives a grant from Allergan for research support. The grant is not tied to any specified research projects, and Allergan have no control of the protocol, analysis and reporting of any studies. CORE also receives a grant from Applied Medical towards the educational programmes.

Dr. Paul O’Brien reported having written a patient information book entitled ‘The LAP-BAND Solution: A Partnership for Weight Loss’ which was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2007. Most copies are given to patients without charge, but he reports that he derives a financial benefit from the copies that are sold. He also reports receiving compensation as the national medical director of the American Institute of Gastric Banding, a multicentre facility, based in Dallas, Texas, that treats obesity predominantly by gastric banding.

No other authors reported disclosures.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beth M. L. Miller
    • 1
    • 2
  • Kylie D. Murphy
    • 1
    • 3
  • Paul E. O’Brien
    • 1
  • Leah Brennan
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Centre for Obesity Research and EducationMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of PsychologyMonash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  3. 3.School of PsychologyAustralian Catholic UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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