Behavioral assessment of candidates for bariatric surgery: a patient-oriented approach

Surg Obes Relat Dis. Mar-Apr 2006;2(2):171-9. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2006.03.011.


This paper discusses the behavioral evaluation of patients who seek bariatric surgery and the psychosocial complications most frequently observed in these individuals. The effects of such complications on surgical outcome are briefly examined, as is the challenge of predicting therapeutic response on the basis of preoperative variables. The paper concludes with a description of the goals and methods of a behavioral assessment used at the University of Pennsylvania. This evaluation includes the use of the Weight and Lifestyle Inventory, a questionnaire that guides our interview with patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health*
  • Bariatric Surgery / psychology*
  • Female
  • Health Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Obesity, Morbid / psychology*
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Selection
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Psychological Tests*
  • Quality of Life
  • Surveys and Questionnaires