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Surgery for the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, June 2015
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Title
Surgery for the treatment of obesity in children and adolescents
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, June 2015
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd011740
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Authors

Louisa J Ells, Emma Mead, Greg Atkinson, Eva Corpeleijn, Katharine Roberts, Russell Viner, Louise Baur, Maria-Inti Metzendorf, Bernd Richter

Abstract

Child and adolescent overweight and obesity have increased globally, and are associated with significant short and long term health consequences. To assess the effects of surgical interventions for treating obesity in childhood and adolescence. We searched the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE as well as LILACS, ICTRP Search Portal and ClinicalTrials.gov (all from database inception to March 2015). References of identified studies and systematic reviews were checked. No language restrictions were applied. We selected randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of surgical interventions for treating obesity in children and adolescents (age < 18 years) with a minimum of six months follow-up. Interventions that specifically dealt with the treatment of eating disorders or type 2 diabetes, or included participants with a secondary or syndromic cause of obesity were excluded. Pregnant females were also excluded. Two review authors independently assessed risk of bias and extracted data. Where necessary authors were contacted for additional information. We included one RCT (a total of 50 participants, 25 in both the intervention and comparator group). The intervention focused on laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding surgery, which was compared to a control group receiving a multi component lifestyle programme. The participating population consisted of Australian adolescents (a higher proportion of girls than boys) aged 14 to 18 years, with a mean age of 16.5 and 16.6 years in the gastric banding and lifestyle group, respectively which was conducted in a private hospital, receiving funding from the gastric banding manufacturer. The study authors were unable to blind participants, personnel and outcome assessors which may have resulted in a high risk of performance and detection bias. Attrition bias was noted as well. The study authors reported a mean reduction in weight of 34.6 kg (95% confidence interval (CI) 30.2 to 39.0) at two years, representing a change in body mass index (BMI) of 12.7 (95% CI 11.3 to 14.2) for the surgery intervention; and a mean reduction in weight of 3.0 kg (95% CI 2.1 to 8.1) representing a change in BMI of 1.3 (95% CI 0.4 to 2.9) for the lifestyle intervention. The differences between groups were statistically significant for all weight measures at 24 months (P < 0.001). The overall quality of the evidence according to the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) was low. Adverse events were reported in 12/25 (48%) participants in the intervention group compared to 11/25 (44%) in the control group (low quality evidence). A total of 28% of the adolescents undergoing gastric banding required revisional surgery. No data were reported for all-cause mortality, behaviour change, participants views of the intervention and socioeconomic effects. At two years, the gastric banding group performed better than the lifestyle group in two of eight health-related quality of life concepts (very low quality evidence) as measured by the Child Health Questionnaire (physical functioning score (94 versus 78, community norm 95) and change in health score (4.4 versus 3.6, community norm 3.5)). Laparoscopic gastric banding led to greater body weight loss compared to a multi component lifestyle program in one small study with 50 patients. These results do not provide enough data to assess efficacy across populations from different countries, socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, who may respond differently. This systematic review highlights the lack of RCTs in this field. Future studies should assess the impact of the surgical procedure and post operative care to minimise adverse events, including the need for post operative adjustments and revisional surgery. Long-term follow-up is also critical to comprehensively assess the impact of surgery as participants enter adulthood.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
South Africa 1 <1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 326 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 73 22%
Unspecified 48 15%
Researcher 44 13%
Student > Bachelor 34 10%
Student > Ph. D. Student 34 10%
Other 96 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 136 41%
Unspecified 63 19%
Nursing and Health Professions 36 11%
Psychology 29 9%
Social Sciences 19 6%
Other 46 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 74. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 June 2018.
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#215,863
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#15
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