Impact of COVID-19 on Obesity Management Services in the United Kingdom (The COMS-UK study)

Obes Surg. 2020 Oct 13;1-5. doi: 10.1007/s11695-020-05005-1. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) has had a severe impact on all aspects of global healthcare delivery. This study aimed to investigate the nationwide impact of the pandemic on obesity management services in the UK in a questionnaire-based survey conducted of professionals involved in the delivery. A total of 168 clinicians took the survey; the majority of which maintained their usual clinical roles and were not redeployed except physicians and nurse specialists. Nearly all (97.8%) elective bariatric surgery was cancelled, 67.3% of units cancelled all multidisciplinary meeting activity, and the majority reduced clinics (69.6%). Most respondents anticipated that the services would recommence within 1-3 months. This study found that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on the services involved in the management of patients suffering from severe, complex obesity in the UK.

Keywords: Bariatric surgery; COVID-19; Obesity; Pandemic.