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Obes Surg. 2009 Mar;19(3):369-77. doi: 10.1007/s11695-008-9676-7. Epub 2008 Sep 16.

Psychosocial evaluation for bariatric surgery: the Boston interview and opportunities for intervention.

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Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


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.

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