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  • Primary Health Care Research & Development, Volume 15, Issue 3
  • July 2014, pp. 277-286

Weight loss surgery for non-morbidly obese populations with type 2 diabetes: is this an acceptable option for patients?

  • Rachael H. Summers (a1), Helen Elsey (a2), Michael Moore (a3), Christopher Byrne (a4) (a5), James Byrne (a6), Richard Welbourn (a7) and Paul Roderick (a8)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S146342361300025X
  • Published online: 05 June 2013
Abstract
Aim

To explore the views of non-morbidly obese people (BMI 30–40 kg/m2) with type 2 diabetes regarding: (a) the acceptability of bariatric surgery (BS) as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, and (b) willingness to participate in randomised controlled trials comparing BS versus non-surgical intervention.

Background

Despite weight management being a key therapeutic goal in type 2 diabetes, achieving and sustaining weight loss is problematic. BS is an effective treatment for people with morbid obesity and type 2 diabetes; it is less certain whether non-morbidly obese patients (BMI 30–39.9 kg/m2) with type 2 diabetes benefit from this treatment and whether this approach would be cost-effective. Before evaluating this issue by randomised trials, it is important to understand whether BS and such research are acceptable to this population.

Methods

Non-morbidly obese people with type 2 diabetes were purposively sampled from primary care and invited to participate in semi-structured interviews. Interviews explored participants’ thoughts surrounding their diabetes and weight, the acceptability of BS and the willingness to participate in BS research. Data were analysed using Framework Analysis.

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The online version of this article is published within an Open Access environment subject to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution licence <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/>.
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Correspondence to: Rachael H. Summers, Mail point 805, South Academic Block, C Floor, University of Southampton, Southampton University Hospital Trust, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK. Email: R.Summers@soton.ac.uk
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