August 19, 2015

News release: PCORI approves Group Health for $4.5 million obesity study




The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved David Arterburn, MD, MPH, and colleagues for a two-year $4.5 million funding award to study bariatric (weight-loss) surgery for obesity.

This study will compare the health benefits and safety associated with the three main methods of bariatric surgery so that patients and their health care providers can have the information they need to choose which type of surgery is best for them.

Use of bariatric surgery to treat severe obesity has increased over the past 20 years, but evidence is inadequate about the benefits, potential risks, and other outcomes associated with each procedure—particularly in teens, and for sleeve gastrectomy.

By using PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, the study aims to produce results faster and more efficiently.

Read the full news release in News and Events.