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Although Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is the most effective treatment for Class III obesity, outcomes may vary and often the Integrated Health professional must help patients before and afterwards to optimize outcomes. This ASMBS course has been designed to critically exam the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery challenges that both patients and professionals face throughout the continuity of care. The main focus of this course will center on adherence and the difficulties that individuals face from a clinical, nutritional, pharmacological, psychological, financial, and social perspective. The information presented will give a relevant and up to date viewpoint, as well as pertinent, applicable evidence-based material with the goal of improving clinical practice and, in turn, patient outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  1. Integrate social and financial perspectives when assessing the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery patient to improve clinical practice and patient outcomes.
  2. Identify interventions that can be utilized in a relevant and applicable manner to improve post-operative Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery clinical practice and patient adherence.
  3. Apply up-to-date information on the changes in nutritional care for the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery patient.
  4. Identify strategies to manage altered pharmacokinetics in the post Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery patient.

1:30pm Testing Interventions for Improving Postoperative Adherence
David Sarwer, PhD
1:50pm Pharmacokinetics of Medications and MBS
Kristine Steffen, PhD PharmD
2:10pm Changes in Bariatric Nutrition Care
Chelsea Johnson, MS RD LD CBC
2:30pm The Cost of Bariatric Surgery and other Social Determinants of Health
Marguerite Dunham, DNP CRNP FNP-BC CBN
2:50pm Conclusion
Leslie Heinberg, Ph.D.
3:00pm Adjourn