Patient-reported outcomes in bariatric surgery: a systematic review of standards of reporting.

May 21, 2013

Source: Obesity Reviews, 2013, DOI: 10.1111/obr.12041 (early view).

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Date of publication: 3rd may, 2013.

Publication type: Systematic review.

In a nutshell: This systematic review examined bariatric surgery studies that used validated patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures. It found that whilst many studies used PRO measures, study design and reporting was poor and the authors suggested that more well-designed studies that include agreed PRO measures are needed to better  inform practice.

Length of publication: Not stated.

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A systematic review on use of Chinese medicine and acupuncture for treatment of obesity.

May 10, 2012

Source: Obesity Reviews, 2012, 13 (5), p. 409-430.

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Date of publication: May 2012.

Publication type: Systematic review.

In a nutshell: This systematic review examined the published literature in relation to the efficacy, safety and relapse of weight regain associated with use of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) and acupuncture. Findings suggested that CHM and acupuncture were more effective than placebo or lifestyle modification in reducing body weight and had a similar efficacy as the Western anti-obesity drugs but with fewer reported adverse effects. However, it was noted that these conclusions may be limited by small sample sizes and low quality methodologies.

Length of publication: 22 pages.

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Long-term prevention of mortality in morbid obesity through bariatric surgery. A systematic review and meta-analysis of trials performed with gastric banding and gastric bypass.

March 28, 2011

Source: Annals of Surgery, 2011, 253, (3), p.484-487.

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Date of publication: March 2011.

Publication type: Systematic review.

In a nutshell: This systematic review and meta-analysis of published clinical trials related to bariatric surgery.  The authors found  that both gastric banding and gastric bypass surgery reduced mortality, with the latter having a greater effect upon cardio-vascular related mortality.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

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Maintenance of weight loss after lifestyle intervention for overweight and obesity, a systematic review.

December 2, 2010

Source: Obesity Reviews, 2010, 11 (12) p. 899-906.

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Date of publication: December 2010.

Publication type: journal article.

In a nutshell: This systematic review explores the relationships between weight loss and weight loss maintenance 1 year after a weight loss intervention.  The reviewers concluded that weight loss maintenance does not depend upon initial weight loss and weight loss goals > 10%  may be acceptable.

Length of publication: 8 pages.

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