Factors Affecting Native American and Hispanic Communities’ Low Adherence Rates in Bariatric Programs

The Native American and Hispanic communities have the highest obesity and diabetes rates in the United States. While these rates are high, these communities tend to show low adherence to bariatric programs making this a major health issue. There is little known on the factors causing these low rates, and this study was done to find out why. The only factors known are that of the perception of the physician but we do not know exactly what is impacting these communities, thus, making this an important study to carry out.

The study has two parts to it. Small interviews towards medical professionals were done to find out more information on the opinions from these individuals directly working with these bariatric programs or diabetes/obesity. Then, semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions were done on the patients that did not complete the program to find out what is affecting their compliance and also interviews were done on the patients that completed the pro gram to find out what worked for them.

Basic eligibility criteria:
Please contact the study coordinator for additional eligibility information.

1- Participated in a weight loss program.
2- Either completed a weight loss program or dropped out of a weight loss program.

Primary disease category: Obesity & Weight Control

Projected enrollment dates: October 2017 to September 2018

Official study title: Factors Affecting Native American and Hispanic Communities’ Low Adherence Rates in Bariatric Programs