Advances in ISSN: 2378-3168AOWMC

Obesity, Weight Management & Control
Research Article
Volume 3 Issue 3 - 2015
Bariatric Surgery Performance Improvement Role of Support Group Meetings in Weight Loss Success
Sameera Khan*
Department of Bariatric Surgery, North Shore University Hospital, USA
Received:May 28, 2015 | Published: October 19, 2015
*Corresponding author: Sameera Khan, Department of Bariatric Surgery, North Shore University Hospital, 300 community drive Manhasset NY 11030, USA, Tel: 516-562-4634; Email:
Citation: Khan S (2015) Bariatric Surgery Performance Improvement Role of Support Group Meetings in Weight Loss Success. Adv Obes Weight Manag Control 3(3): 00056. DOI: 10.15406/aowmc.2015.03.00056

Abstract

Performance improvement goal

Increase the bariatric patient attendance to the monthly post-operative support group meetings to maintain and facilitate greater weight loss.

Introduction

North Shore University bariatric support group meetings are open for everyone to attend. It is held on a monthly basis primarily for patients who have undergone weight loss surgery.

When: Sterns Rehabilitation Center Conference Room.
Where: Every second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

An established methodology was used to achieve Performance Improvement. We utilized Plan-Do Check-Act (PDCA) Cycle as our performance improvement methodology.

Plan

Provide support group topics that are relevant to daily lives.
Provide variations in support group meeting activity.
Promote the availability of the support group meetings.
Provide encouragement and monthly reminders to participate in the support group meetings.

Do

Variety of topics: Guest speakers were invited on various topics pertaining to bariatric patients such as exercise, plastic surgery healthy eating, healthy chocolate, psychological issues, emotional and social issues.

Organized different monthly activities:

Jul 2014- Jones Beach Annual Walk
Aug 2014- Weight Loss Wardrobe
Sep 2014- “Get Healthy America” health food store visit
Oct 2014- Denise Robinson: A sleeve patient’s success story
Nov 2014- Psychological issues dealing with weight loss surgery
Jan 2015- Problems to watch after bariatric surgery
Monthly reminder phone calls to participants
Monthly Reminder emails
Incentives and free giveaways
Patient ambassadors
Taste test of new bariatric food products
Weekly sharing of recipes (Figure 1).

Figure 1: Support Group activities.

There was an increase in the number of support group participants over the seven month period. There was a total of 6 meetings held. The December meeting was cancelled due to weather condition. We doubled the number of participants from 12 in July 2014 to 26 in Jan 2015 (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Number of attendance to monthly support group Vs. amount of pounds lost.

Based on the data collected, there was a positive correlation between the amount of weight loss and the number of attendance to the monthly support group meetings. Participants who attended regularly to the monthly support group meetings achieved greater weight loss than those who did not.

Check

During every support group meetings, attendance was taken and each participant’s weight was taken for monitoring. Feedbacks and suggestions were welcomed and again participation to the support group meetings was promoted.

Act

Took action based on the number of support group participants who attended and their feedback and suggestions. For example, the December 2014 meeting was cancelled due to weather conditions. Incorporated the lessons learned from the previous support group meeting and applied it to the next month’s meeting.

Results

There was an increase in the number of support group participants over the seven month period [1]. There were a total of 6 meetings held. The December meeting was cancelled due to weather condition. We doubled the number of participants from 12 in July 2014 to 26 in Jan 2015.

Based on the data collected, there was a positive correlation between the amount of weight loss and the number of attendance to the monthly support group meetings [2]. Participants who attended regularly to the monthly support group meetings achieved greater weight loss than those who did not. There was a 412.7 pounds total weight loss. None of the participants gained weight during the seven month period. All of the participants maintained and achieved weight loss.

Conclusion

We have achieved our performance improvement goal of increasing the bariatric patient attendance to the monthly post-operative support group meetings and maintained and facilitated greater weight loss.

References

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