Post Surgical Review of Bariatric Surgery Patients: A Feasibility Study of Multidisciplinary Follow Up Using Videoconferencing
Emma Morrow*, Duff Morrison Bruce, Elizabeth Bruce, Cathy Dorrian , Fiona Sim
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2011
First Page: 84
Last Page: 88
Publisher ID: CPEMH-7-84
Article History:Received Date: 5/4/2010
Revision Received Date: 18/10/2010
Acceptance Date: 27/10/2010
Electronic publication date: 4/3/2011
Collection year: 2011
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Bariatric surgery is an effective means of managing weight and reducing medical co-morbidities in the obese patient. However, psychological difficulties are common and adequate multidisciplinary support is vital for post-surgical success. Videoconferencing is potentially a vehicle for the delivery of support to patients residing in remote areas.
Ten patients were invited to attend a videolink session utilising videoconferencing technology to allow clinicians to connect audio-visually with patients from two remote locations. Seven patients attended. A Consultant Surgeon, Clinical Psychologist and Specialist Dietitian reviewed the patients. Patients and clinicians completed a post-session evaluation questionnaire and commented on their experience.
The videolink session was evaluated as acceptable and useful to both patients and clinicians. Patients and clinicians were satisfied with the user-friendliness of the technology.
Videolink technology may be a viable and accessible means of delivering specialist multidisciplinary input to bariatric patients. Further research is necessary.