General Practitioners and Bariatric Surgery in France: Are They Ready to Face the Challenge?

General Practitioners and Bariatric Surgery in France: Are They Ready to Face the Challenge? Purpose The epidemic of obesity has determined an important rise in popularity for bariatric surgery (BS) in France. The role of general practitioners (GPs) in the decision-making process of candidates to BS as well as in their life-long follow-up after surgery is therefore destined to grow up. The aim of this survey was to provide a picture of the actual knowledge of GPs about BS. Methods The link to an e-questionnaire composed of 20 multiple choice questions was sent to all the 101 Departmental Councils of the French Medical Board, accompanied by a letter explaining the objectives of the study. Councils were asked to distribute the e-questionnaire to GPs in their department. Results A total of 2224 GPs were solicited by e-mail in six departments and 288 surveys were completed, representing a 12.9% response rate. A proportion as high as 97.2% of GPs reported taking care of at least one patient operated on for BS and 88.5% declared having referred at least one patient for BS. Nevertheless, a considerable proportion of GPs declared not to have sufficient knowledge to manage BS patients. Moreover, 86.1% wished to receive more education and 83.7% declared to be available for participating in follow-up. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Obesity Surgery Springer Journals

General Practitioners and Bariatric Surgery in France: Are They Ready to Face the Challenge?

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Surgery
ISSN
0960-8923
eISSN
1708-0428
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11695-017-3090-y
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Abstract

Purpose The epidemic of obesity has determined an important rise in popularity for bariatric surgery (BS) in France. The role of general practitioners (GPs) in the decision-making process of candidates to BS as well as in their life-long follow-up after surgery is therefore destined to grow up. The aim of this survey was to provide a picture of the actual knowledge of GPs about BS. Methods The link to an e-questionnaire composed of 20 multiple choice questions was sent to all the 101 Departmental Councils of the French Medical Board, accompanied by a letter explaining the objectives of the study. Councils were asked to distribute the e-questionnaire to GPs in their department. Results A total of 2224 GPs were solicited by e-mail in six departments and 288 surveys were completed, representing a 12.9% response rate. A proportion as high as 97.2% of GPs reported taking care of at least one patient operated on for BS and 88.5% declared having referred at least one patient for BS. Nevertheless, a considerable proportion of GPs declared not to have sufficient knowledge to manage BS patients. Moreover, 86.1% wished to receive more education and 83.7% declared to be available for participating in follow-up.

Journal

Obesity SurgerySpringer Journals

Published: Jan 8, 2018

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