Pre-operative psychological evaluation of bariatric surgery candidates is essential to mitigate risks of relapse and to determine the patient's readiness for a surgical weight loss program. The SWLPS (The Surgical Weight Loss Psychological Screening) assessment is an objective and validated tool loaded with essential information specific to surgical weight loss.
SWLPS assesses a wide range of important factors that influence post-surgery adjustment, compliance with post-operative programs and likelihood of relapse. Namely, SWLPS screens for anxiety and depressive disorders, suicidal tendencies, substance and drug use - all significant risk factors. It also evaluates candidate attitudes and behaviors where other standardized tests fall short, such as the person's emotional strength and the type of coping techniques most often used to deal with stress and change, which is paramount to successful adjustment to a new lifestyle. In addition, the test assesses compliance probability and self-motivation - factors that can dramatically influence the patient's ability to stick with the program.
Psychtests offers its expertise and research skills to help you streamline your program, identify common challenges the patients struggle with, so that they can be addressed in your support and follow-up efforts, or to perform other studies suited to your needs.