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Psychiatry Newsletter - The WATCH Screening Tool

Hopkins BrainWise - Winter 2015

The WATCH Screening Tool

Date: December 10, 2014

Janelle Coughlin
Janelle Coughlin, co-developer of WATCH

Janelle Coughlin and colleagues have developed a quick assessment tool* to help clinicians assess whether post-bariatric surgery patients may be at risk for suboptimal outcome and maladaptive eating behaviors. Called the WATCH, this five-item screening questionnaire can be used by a wide range of health professionals, including general practitioners, medical specialists, nurse practitioners and nutritionists, to help identify who may be risk for an eating disorder following bariatric surgery.

*Coughlin JW, Guarda AS, Clark JM, Furtado MM, Steele KE, Hienberg LJ: A Screening Tool to Assess and Manage Behavioral Risk in the Postoperative Bariatric Surgery Patient: The WATCH. J Clin Psychol Med Settings 2013;20:456-463.

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