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1 in 5 bariatric surgery candidates not psychologically cleared for surgery
Date:10/14/2007

ient is more likely to have a positive outcome from surgery that is delayed to allow time to address the problems.

Caren Francione, a post-doctoral fellow and co-author of the report, noted that they have conducted a follow-up study of the patients who were initially screened out from having the surgery. Preliminary analysis of the data found that most of these patients followed the psychiatrists recommendation to have counseling before surgery and subsequently went on to have surgery.

The report is from the Rhode Island Methods to Improve Diagnostic Assessment and Services (MIDAS) Project, for which Zimmerman is the principal investigator. Zimmerman said, The MIDAS project is unique in its integration of research quality diagnostic methods into a community-based outpatient practice affiliated with an academic medical center.


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