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Predictors of improved psychological function after bariatric surgery

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      Negative psychological sequelae have been reported after bariatric surgery. It is unclear which factors affect psychological function in the first postoperative years.


      Evaluation of significant predictors of improved psychological function following bariatric surgery by analyzing data from the BODY-Q questionnaire.


      Multicenter prospective cohort in 3 centers located in The Netherlands and Denmark.


      The BODY-Q questionnaire was used to assess 6 domains of health-related quality of life. The domain of interest, psychological function, consists of 10 questions from which a converted score of 0 (low) to 100 (high) can be calculated. Linear mixed models were used to analyze which patient characteristics were most predictive of the psychological function score. Secondary outcomes of interest were cross-sectional scores of psychological function and the impact of weight loss, and the effect of major short-term complications on psychological function.


      Data were analyzed from 836 patients who underwent bariatric surgery from 2015 to 2020. Patients with lower expectations concerning weight loss (<40% desired total weight loss), higher educational level, no history of psychiatric illness, and employment before bariatric surgery demonstrated the highest psychological function scores after bariatric surgery. At 1 and 2 years after bariatric surgery, more weight loss was associated with significantly higher psychological function scores. Experiencing a major short-term complication did not significantly impact psychological function.


      Several relevant predictors of improved postoperative psychological function have been identified. This knowledge can be used to enhance patient education preoperatively and identify patients at risk for poor psychological functioning postoperatively.


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