Integrated Health Clinical Issues & Guidelines Committee

Published in June Issue             

The ASMBS Integrated Health (IH) Clinical Issues & Guidelines Committee was established to design guidelines and resources for bariatric IH professionals and address issues related to clinical practice. The committee represents specialists in many disciplines spanning nursing, behavioral health, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered dietitians, and pharmacy. Each of these disciplines is essential to the multidisciplinary team working toward the success of patients undergoing weight-loss surgery, and the committee is open to prospective members of all IH specialties.

In 2016, the IH Clinical Issues & Guidelines Committee completed two long-term projects; the publication of the ASMBS Recommendations for the Presurgical Psychosocial Evaluation of Bariatric Surgery Patients, and the updated Nutritional Guidelines, with a focus on micronutrients, which will be published soon. The committee is currently working on two additional components to the nutrition guidelines, which will focus on Macronutrients, and a set of bariatric nutrition guidelines specific to pregnancy.

At present, the IH Clinical Issues & Guidelines Committee’s main focus is developing a detailed IH Toolkit. The Toolkit will be a resource for members, providing a wealth of references and tools that can be used by established or new bariatric programs -- content outlines, aids to be used for program models and throughput, sample documents, slide sets for patient or staff education and reading lists. The Toolkit is expected to be available later this year, with even more items and resources added over time.

The committee is also working on a number of other projects, including a look at the use of remote or “online” services to provide psychosocial evaluation for surgery; developing ASMBS guidelines for advanced practice clinicians (e.g., nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical nurse specialists,); updating the ASMBS Band Adjustment Guidelines; completion of the Sensitivity Training Recommendations; and creating a formal, step-by-step protocol for developing new sets of recommendations, guidelines and best practices documents.

In order to accomplish these projects, the committee is seeking interested members who may be interested in contributing to this important work. If you are interested in joining this, or any other ASMBS Integrated Health committee, please go to http://asmbs.org/apply-to-join-member-committees.