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Social Support for People with Morbid Obesity in a Bariatric Surgery Programme: A Qualitative Descriptive Study

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Hospital HLA Mediterráneo, 04007 Almería, Spain
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Hospital Universitario Torrecárdenas, 04009 Almería, Spain
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Department of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Medicine, University of Almeria, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Santiago 7500000, Chile
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(12), 6530; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126530
Received: 31 May 2021 / Revised: 14 June 2021 / Accepted: 15 June 2021 / Published: 17 June 2021
Background—Morbid obesity (MO) is a chronic metabolic disease affecting physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Bariatric surgery is a reliable method for losing weight in the long term, improving the quality of life, body image and social life of people with MO. Current literature recognises the importance of social support in controlling weight and coping with MO. The objective of this study was to describe and understand experiences related to social support for patients with MO included in a bariatric surgery programme. Methods—A qualitative descriptive study, where data collection included thirty-one interviews with people diagnosed with MO involved in a bariatric surgery programme. Results—Three main themes emerged from the analysis: (1) accepting the problem in order to ask for help, (2) the need for close support and (3) professional support: opposing feelings. Conclusions—A partner, family and friends are the key pillars of social support for those with MO included in a bariatric surgery programme. Healthcare professionals gave formal support; the bariatric surgery team provided information, trust and assurance. Nurses provided healthcare 24 h a day, making them the main formal support for people in the bariatric surgery programme. View Full-Text
Keywords: social support; morbid obesity; bariatric surgery; qualitative study social support; morbid obesity; bariatric surgery; qualitative study
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Torrente-Sánchez, M.J.; Ferrer-Márquez, M.; Estébanez-Ferrero, B.; Jiménez-Lasserrotte, M.d.M.; Ruiz-Muelle, A.; Ventura-Miranda, M.I.; Dobarrio-Sanz, I.; Granero-Molina, J. Social Support for People with Morbid Obesity in a Bariatric Surgery Programme: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6530. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126530

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Torrente-Sánchez MJ, Ferrer-Márquez M, Estébanez-Ferrero B, Jiménez-Lasserrotte MdM, Ruiz-Muelle A, Ventura-Miranda MI, Dobarrio-Sanz I, Granero-Molina J. Social Support for People with Morbid Obesity in a Bariatric Surgery Programme: A Qualitative Descriptive Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(12):6530. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126530

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Torrente-Sánchez, María J., Manuel Ferrer-Márquez, Beatriz Estébanez-Ferrero, María d.M. Jiménez-Lasserrotte, Alicia Ruiz-Muelle, María I. Ventura-Miranda, Iria Dobarrio-Sanz, and José Granero-Molina. 2021. "Social Support for People with Morbid Obesity in a Bariatric Surgery Programme: A Qualitative Descriptive Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 12: 6530. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18126530

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