Guidelines fall short on bariatric surgery

John B Dixon
Med J Aust 2014; 200 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10861
Published online: 3 February 2014

Appropriate guidance is lacking in long-term nutritional monitoring and support

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Clinical practice guidelines for the management of overweight and obesity were released in early June 2013, replacing the 2003 version, intended for use by specialists and general practitioners.1 A multidisciplinary committee oversaw the guideline development process, aiming to systematically identify and evaluate evidence. In my view, this process has failed with regard to the section dealing with bariatric surgery, thereby failing severely obese Australians and those caring for them.

  • John B Dixon

  • Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

I act as a consultant for Allergan, Inc. and Metagenics. I am a member of the Optifast medical advisory board for Nestlè Australia; I have received honoraria from iNova Pharmaceuticals for organising an obesity summit, and I have received research grants from Allergan, Inc. for investigator-initiated research. None of these entities had any input into the current perspective.


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