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Table 3 Waiting List Impact Questionnaire Results

From: Health status, quality of life, and satisfaction of patients awaiting multidisciplinary bariatric care

Statement No. of Patients With Response (%)
All patients (n = 150) Subgroup Interested in Surgery (n = 96)
SA/A N D/SD SA/A N D/SD
Quality of Life       
I have no control over the situation 46(30) 21(14) 83(55) 36(38) 12(13) 48(50)
I just want to get it over with 79(53) 31(21) 40(27) 63(66) 12(13) 21(22)
Waiting has affected my quality of life 71(47) 34(25) 42(28) 56(58) 20(21) 20(21)
The length of waiting is a big concern 98(65) 28(19) 24(16) 73(76) 11(12) 12(13)
It is very stressful waiting for obesity treatment 79(53) 31(21) 40(27) 66(69) 14(15) 16(17)
My life has been put on hold while I wait for obesity treatment 43(29) 32(21) 75(50) 35(37) 17(18) 44(46)
Waiting costs you physically, mentally and financially 93(62) 30(20) 27(18) 68(71) 16(17) 12(13)
I am anxious and worried about treatment 67(45) 25(17) 57(38) 48(51) 14(15) 33(35)
There is no quality of life while waiting for treatment 32(22) 33(22) 84(56) 25(26) 20(21) 50(53)
Employment Issues       
Because of my weight problem, I am unable to work 21(14) 17(11) 112(75) 15(16) 11(12) 70(73)
Because of my weight problem, I can’t work a full shift 26(17) 12(8) 112(75) 20(21) 9(9) 67(70)
Money is a great issue for me now 68(46) 31(21) 50 (34) 45(47) 22(23) 29(30)
Physical Stress       
I make sure I don’t overdo things 96(64) 9(6) 45(30) 60(63) 6(6) 30(31)
Physical activities take me longer now 124(83) 8(5) 18(12) 87(91) 2(2) 7(7)
My activity is reduced because of my obesity 126(85) 11(7) 12(8) 91(96) 1(1) 3(3)
I can’t do many of the things I used to do 120(81) 12(8) 17(11) 87(92) 4(4) 4(4)
I am very short of breath 84(56) 17(11) 48(32) 65(68) 11(12) 19(20)
I have angina 7(5) 45(31) 95(65) 6(7) 36(39) 51(55)
The rest of my body is suffering because of my weight condition 129(86) 8(5) 13(9) 89(93) 4(4) 3(3)
My symptoms are getting worse 103(69) 23(15) 24(16) 75(78) 14(15) 7(7)
I am feeling fine now 52(35) 23(15) 75(50) 27(28) 13(14) 56(58)
I’m not sure what activity I can do without hurting my condition 60(41) 34(23) 55(37) 42(43) 24(25) 30(31)
I’ve stopped smoking recently 17(12) 55(37) 75(51) 13(14) 29(31) 53(56)
Social Support       
My family and friends are very patient and supportive 123(82) 15(10) 12(8) 79(82) 8(8) 9(9)
I try to cope 137(91) 10(7) 3(2) 94(98) 2(2) 0(0)
I have faith in the doctors 115(76) 19(13) 16(11) 73(76) 11(12) 12(13)
Waiting is very tough on my family and friends 68(45) 53(35) 29(19) 50(52) 28(29) 18(19)
I would attend a support group for people with obesity 111(74) 24(16) 15(10) 75(78) 14(15) 7(7)
A big factor is the lack of communication in the system 74(49) 55(37) 21(14) 50(52) 34(35) 12(13)
I would attend a class to learn more about obesity 121(81) 16(11) 13(9) 80(83) 8(8) 8(8)
Frustration       
It frustrates me that I have to wait for obesity treatment 121(81) 14(9) 15(10) 87(91) 3(3) 6(6)
I worry about what might happen while waiting (e.g. worsening symptoms, heart attack, death) 110(73) 19(13) 21(14) 85(89) 5(5) 6(6)
I’m frustrated with the allocation of resources 101(68) 32(22) 16(11) 71(75) 17(18) 7(7)
The problem with the waiting list is the allocation of resources 92(62) 42(28) 15(10) 66(70) 23(24) 6(6)
I am mad and upset about the wait 60(40) 52(35) 38(25) 49(51) 30(31) 17(18)
I am scared of treatment for obesity 57(38) 32(21) 60(41) 37(39) 20(21) 39(41)
I am afraid to go away from the phone for too long in case I miss a call for obesity treatment 12(8) 49(33) 89(59) 10(10) 34(35) 52(54)
The waiting list is not fair to everybody 64(43) 49(33) 36(24) 52(55) 29(31) 14(15)
I shouldn’t have to wait for obesity treatment 88(59) 33(22) 29(19) 65(68) 15(16) 16(17)
  1. SA/A = strongly agree/agree; N = neutral; D = disagree/strongly disagree.