About two-thirds of my mailbag and those queries I help with on WLS Forums relate to problems with accessing obesity services. Sometimes this might be someone starting out, unsure about surgery, still wishing to try something else before this ‘last ditch scenario’; others may have decided they do want to opt in and be considered for surgery and then become bewildered and frustrated by the long and complicated process involved; some poor souls also hit a brick wall – not only with their efforts to reduce their weight but also with getting help from their GP’s and other obesity specialists and feel despair – where do they turn? A few lucky or resourceful patients strike gold and find themselves on the receiving end of a supportive team and progress in a timely, considered and reasonable fashion. Well regardless of what camp you fall into, I would like to hear from you all!
Please HELP me and countless others by completing the survey below. It is a cooperation with the charity HOOP to explore the issues surrounding access to obesity services. Your experience, good or bad; helpful and positive or problematic, pre or post-op; state or self-funded; taking place in the UK or abroad, will prove invaluable in the future.
We all know that weight is a sensitive and complex issue, and conversations about weight can be challenging for both the patient and provider. So many factors are at play and we need to identify these so that we can produce some guidelines that will hopefully facilitate better outcomes. Your experience might not seem newsworthy (or indeed it might!) but it will be invaluable as a voice or indicator as to how things could improve and change in the months and years ahead.
So I am requesting just a few minutes of your time by asking you to complete this quick, easy and confidential survey so that we can move things forward. The hope is that with a sufficient and valid response rate we can draw up some recommendations that will then be published and distributed to professionals who work in obesity services and bariatric care. The desire is that it will improve medical support, fine-tune better medical practice, and reduce or limit the effects of obesity stigma when seeking help.
Please help make the next person’s weight-loss journey an easier one by taking part. Simply click on the link below: