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Telephone-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for PostOperative Bariatric Surgery Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial in collaboration with Toronto Western Hospital (study ID: 376045).

We are recruiting one-year post-surgery patients to be involved in a study that is aimed at determining the effectiveness of a Telephone-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Tele-CBT) intervention. Participation in the study is completely voluntary and will not affect your care at the clinic.

Participants who consent to be part of the study will be randomized to one of two groups:

  • Low-intensity group – patients receive standard treatment plus additional psychosocial monitoring from the team, or
  • High-intensity group – patients receive standard treatment plus additional psychosocial monitoring from the team and a 7-session Tele-CBT intervention.

About Tele-CBT

The Tele-CBT intervention involves one hourly session every week for 6 weeks plus 1 booster session one month after your 6th Tele-CBT session. The Tele-CBT sessions follow a manual designed specifically for bariatric patients. All sessions are done over the phone, and our therapists are flexible on timing. It also involves activities between sessions to practice skills taught during the sessions. The therapy covers topics related to eating, social interactions, negative thoughts, body image, goals, etc., and teaches you skills to prevent weight regain.

What is the goal?

We hope that the results of our study will allow for the Tele-CBT intervention to be implemented as an optional therapy and resource to prevent weight regain for bariatric patients across Ontario.

If interested in participating or obtaining more information, please contact the research coordinator Samantha Leung at

Last updated on: November 9th, 2020