Topical Area: Global Nutrition
Objectives : The study was conducted to evaluate patient satisfaction and view quality of care and completed nutrition care services they received before and after bariatric surgery.
A survey was conducted using a self-completed questionnaire and was administered to bariatric patients. Survey assessed patients’ decision-making for bariatric surgery, patients’ view of their experience of the received nutrition care and the empowerment to follow the prescribed plan.
Thirty-five patients (30 female and 4 males) completed the questionnaire. The majority of patients were Saudi national (88.6%, n=31). More patients were holding a university degree (65.7%, n=23). Bariatric surgery preferences was mostly selected by patients (88.6%, n=31) with no shared decision-making with surgeons or family members. The decision to undergo bariatric surgery was more likely to be related to health risks issues (65.7%, n=23) and not for beauty purposes. Patients (34.3%, n=12) never be seen by a dietitian either before or after surgery, 20%, n= 7 were only seen before surgery or after surgery (17%, n= 6). Nutritional care plans were well explained by a dietitian (RD) to 77.8% of patients (n=21),13% (n=3) reported that RDs’ answers to their queries were confusing. Patients 85% (n=23) find Rds as very cooperative and interactive when manage and plan their nutritional needs. Delivered information are clear and understandable by 87% of patients and all responded patients felt that they were treated with respect by dietitians. Nearly 61% (n=17) reported that RDs’ involvement in their nutrition care was excellent and 57.1% had excellent overall experience. Twelve patients reported seeing a dietitian throughout their treatment. However, 6 of them saw the dietitian once every month and the rest used to see the dietitian once every 3 months.
The decision makers including and all Rds will benefit from the results of this study to improve the outcome measures of dietetics services in the scope of bariatric surgery.
Funding Sources : No Funding Body
Associate Professor & Consultant in Clinical Nutrition
King Abdulaziz University