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The Evolving Role of the Psychologist

  • F. Merritt Ayad
  • Louis F. Martin

Abstract

In the past decade the widespread expansion of the American waistline has driven the increased demand for bariatric surgery. Although obesity surgery has been extant for over 30 years, recent improvements in surgical techniques and the dramatic rise in public awareness have accelerated the pace of both its development and utilization. The changing role of the psychologist in the university-based weight management center has been part of this evolution. The major sources of the change in the psychologist’s role are the following: problems with patient adherence to medical and surgical treatments, developments in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, psychology billing code expansion by the American Medical Association’s Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel, recommendations from published guidelines for bariatric surgery practice and research, clinical implications of obesity surgery outcome research, and the recent developments in our understanding of the change process.

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Bariatric Surgery Obese Patient Eating Disorder Obesity Surgery Binge Eating 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Merritt Ayad
    • 1
  • Louis F. Martin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryLouisiana State University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryLouisiana State University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA

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