Exploring the acute effects of sleeve gastrectomy on mental health

Research Opportunity
PhD
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Austin Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Priya Sumithran priyas@unimelb.edu.au 94962375 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Robyn Brown robyn.brown@florey.edu.au 9035 6592 Personal web page

Summary This aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of lowered mood after sleeve gastrectomy. Patients will be asked to complete online questionnaires to assess mood-related symptoms before surgery, and again 4-6 weeks and 12 months after surgery.

Project Details

Bariatric surgery is by far the most effective treatment for severe obesity. Although it is associated with overall improvements in health and wellbeing, there are anecdotal reports of patients experiencing depressive-like symptoms in the post-operative period. The prevalence of negative mental health outcomes following bariatric surgery, however, has not been empirically captured.

This aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of lowered mood after sleeve gastrectomy, the most commonly performed bariatric surgical procedure in Australia. Patients will be recruited pre-operatively from bariatric surgical practices around Australia, and asked to complete online questionnaires to assess mood-related symptoms before surgery, and again 4-6 weeks and 12 months after surgery.

This research project will involve recruitment of participants as well as design, creation and distribution of the online questionnaire, and management and analysis of the data. Defining how often adverse changes in mood occur following bariatric surgery will lead to further research to understand the underlying mechanisms, and to develop recommendations for screening to identify patients at risk.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Cardiometabolic



Research Opportunities

PhD
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Austin Health

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