Recognition June 2018

David Arterburn presents PCORnet Bariatric Study preliminary results to Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute

Senior Investigator David Arterburn, MD, MPH, presented preliminary results of a large, ongoing demonstration project on bariatric surgery to the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Institute on May 10, 2018. Funded by the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), the study collects data from two sources—health care providers and individuals via focus groups and interviews. It aims to estimate the 1-, 3-, and 5-year benefits and risks of the three main surgical treatments for severe obesity (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy); focus on outcomes that matter to adults and adolescents with severe obesity; and perform qualitative work that examines patient and surgeon perspectives on:

  • whether to undergo surgery and which procedure to use, and
  • delivery of follow-up care after bariatric surgery.

The PCORnet Bariatric Study project includes a mini website, hosted by Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, which provides information about the study and profiles key research leaders, including Dr. Arterburn; Kathleen McTigue, MD, MPH, co-principal investigator, University of Pittsburgh; and Neely Williams, co-principal investigator (patient). The site also includes eligibility criteria; engagement, stakeholders, and study governance documentation; and selected posters, presentations, and brochures.