DNP Project Title
Background: Research evidence supports that increasing physical activity has been shown to reduce weight and prevent weight regain after bariatric surgery. There is currently no specific exercise recommendation or program at the Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at Dallas.
Objective: To implement an evidence-based project surrounding physical activity to reduce weight regain in patients 12 months post bariatric surgery.
Methods: The 12-week program will consist of 3 times weekly 1 hour virtual exercise classes led by the Nurse Practitioner and/or Nurse. Patients will be screened for current physical activity via survey using the IPAQ at the beginning and end of the 12-week intervention. Demographic information such as weight will also be asked at the beginning, and end of the intervention.
Results: The patients that completed all 3 of the weekly classes lost weight. Only 2 of the 7 patients completed all 3 weekly classes. The rest of the participants gained weight.
Implications for Practice: This quality improvement project will help to improve postoperative care and focus on implementing current exercise recommendations specific to postoperative bariatric surgery patients found within the evidence.
Date of publication
DNP Scholarly Project
Cheryl Parker, Lauri John
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Buehler, Amber, "DNP FINAL REPORT: PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN BARIATRIC SURGERY PATIENTS: AN EVIDENCE-BASED QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT" (2022). DNP Final Reports. Paper 35.
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