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How do I get involved?


From January 2014 to January 2019 if you are planning to have weight loss surgery you may be invited to take part in SCOTS.

If you are eligible to participate in the study you will be invited take to take part by your health care team.


Who is eligible?

  • Patients who are 16 years old or older undergoing their first bariatric surgery in NHS hospitals or private practice in Scotland.

  • Patients who are able to provide consent

  • Patient who live in Scotland

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide if you would like to take part or not.

A member of the health care team involved in the study will explain the study in more detail and give you more time to think about taking part. If you would like to take part you will be asked to give your permission by signing a consent form. This will show that you have thought about it and agreed to take part.

After the study begins, if you would like to change your mind and no longer take part you may do so without having to give a reason why. Your decision will not affect the care you receive after surgery or any future treatment.

What does taking part involve?

The SCOTS study will gather information about you before and after your operation.

There are three parts to the study

  1. We will ask you if you are happy for us to follow your progress by data linkage to your medical records

  2. We will ask you to complete a questionnaire asking about, for example, illnesses you have, symptoms you experience and your mood. This can be completed via the SCOTS web site or a paper version, by post, if you prefer. The questions will initially be asked a few weeks before your operation and again at certain times during the 10 year follow-up period. On each occasion the questionnaire should take about one hour to complete.

  3. From time to time, there may be other research studies involving patients having weight loss surgery. We would like to be able to contact you to let you know about these studies, what they would involve, and invite you to participate. You would be under no obligation to participate in these studies

Your G.P. will be informed that you are taking part in this study.