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

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


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.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bariatric Surgery / psychology*
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / complications
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / diagnosis
  • Feeding and Eating Disorders / prevention & control
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Obesity, Morbid / psychology*
  • Obesity, Morbid / surgery*
  • Patient Selection*
  • Self Concept
  • Social Support