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Self-efficacy and health literacy impact on outcome after bariatric surgery

About this project

Project information

Project status

In progress


Maria Jaensson

Research subject

Research environments

After an operation, a recovery process takes place and much of the recovery occurs when the patient is at home. Before and after an operation, the healthcare takes for granted that a person can read and understand all the information provided. The information is often both verbal and written. Previous research has shown that people have different ability to use information to maintain or promote good health. This ability is called health litteracy.

Research has shown that there is an association between limited health litteracy and poor postoperative recovery. To believe in one's ability to handle different situations can also vary between people. To handle an emerging situation, both social ability, ability to understand relationships and analyze complex contexts, and behaviour and feelings are needed (eg. self-efficacy). A person's self-efficay has been shown to influence hospital readmissions and the ability to change behaviour for example an eating habit. 

The project will investigate the health capacity and self-ability of a group for obesity surgery. The results will be linked to registry data from the Scandinavian Obesity Surgery Registry (SOReg).

The results will benefit the healthcare system to person centre care as well as to improve care for the patient.

Research funding bodies

  • Örebro University