Health inequity in access to bariatric surgery: a protocol for a systematic review

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Title: Health inequity in access to bariatric surgery: a protocol for a systematic review
Authors: Jackson, Timothy D
Zhang, Rujun
Glockler, Dresden
Pennington, Jason
Reddigan, Jacinta I
Rotstein, Ori D
Smylie, Janet
Perrier, Laure
Conn, Lesley G
Date: 2014-02-21
Abstract: Abstract Background Bariatric surgery is the only weight-loss treatment available that results in both sustained weight loss and improvements of obesity-related comorbidities. Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for bariatric surgery are generally older, come from racial or ethnic minorities, are economically disadvantaged, and have low levels of education. However, the population who actually receives bariatric surgery does not reflect the individuals who need it the most. The objective is to conduct a systematic review of the literature exploring the inequities to the access of bariatric surgery. Methods/Design EMBASE and Medline databases will be searched for observational studies that compared at least one of the PROGRESS-PLUS sociodemographic characteristics of patients eligible for bariatric surgery to those who actually received the procedure. Articles published in the year 1980 to present with no language restrictions will be included. For inclusion, studies must only include adults (≥18 years old) who meet National Institutes of Health (NIH) eligibility criteria for bariatric surgery defined as having either (1) a body mass index (BMI) of 40 kg/m2 or greater; or (2) BMI of 35 kg/m2 or greater with significant weight-related comorbidities. Eligible interventions will include malabsorptive, restrictive, and mixed bariatric procedures. Discussion There appears to be inequities in access to bariatric surgery. In order to resolve the health inequity in the treatment of obesity, a synthesis of the literature is needed to explore and identify barriers to accessing bariatric surgery. It is anticipated that the results from this systematic review will have important implications for advancing solutions to minimize inequities in the utilization of bariatric surgery. http://www.crd.york.ac.uk/PROSPERO/display_record.asp?ID=CRD42013004920 .
URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2046-4053-3-15
http://hdl.handle.net/10393/34015
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