TREATMENT HIGHLIGHTSPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS AMONG BARIATRIC SURGERY CANDIDATESAmong patients applying for bariatric surgery, both past and current psychiatric disorders are found to be common and are associated with both greater severity of obesity and a poorer functional health status.Demographic and clinical information were collected from 288 patients seeking bariatric surgery. Psychiatric dis-orders were assessed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV1(SCID). Functional health status was assessed using the Medical Outcomes Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey, which includes 8 subscales (the first 4 of which assess physical health and the remaining 4 of which assess emotional health): physical functioning, role limitations due to physical health, pain, general health perceptions, role limitations due to emotional problems, energy/fatigue, emotional well-being, and social functioning. All assessments were conducted independently of preoperative screening.
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