The Relationship Between Addictions and Bariatric Surgery for Nurses in Recovery

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  • Susanne A. Fogger DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC,

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    1. Susanne A. Fogger, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor and Teena M. McGuinness, PHD, CRNP, FAAN, is a Professor, both at the School of Nursing, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
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  • Teena M. McGuinness PHD, CRNP, FAAN

    1. Susanne A. Fogger, DNP, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, is an Assistant Professor and Teena M. McGuinness, PHD, CRNP, FAAN, is a Professor, both at the School of Nursing, University of Alabama, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.
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Author contact:sfogger@uab.edu, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:  Determinants of morbid obesity are complex and numerous, yet understanding the neurobiological underpinnings improves our knowledge of this serious issue. Emerging science supports a comparison of disordered eating with other addictive substances.

DESIGN AND METHODS:  The study used a sub-analysis of a cross-sectional study of nurses in a state-monitoring program.

FINDINGS:  A study of 173 participants in a state-monitoring program for impaired nurses revealed that 14% (n= 25) had undergone bariatric surgery. Of these, 17 developed an addiction after surgery.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  Evidence suggests that some individuals may require additional treatment, similar to those with pharmacological addictions.

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