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Comment & Response
March 2015

Clarification of the Goals of the National Institutes of Health Symposium on Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Minimally Invasive Bariatric and General Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 2Office of Obesity Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 3Obesity and Eating Disorders Program, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 4Clinical Bariatric Surgery Program, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland
JAMA Surg. 2015;150(3):277. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.3515

To the Editor In their commentary regarding our report at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) symposium on long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery,1 Finks and Dimick2 state that this recent meeting was an updated NIH consensus panel and expressed concern that the report did not make explicit recommendations regarding treatment and coverage decisions. We would like to clarify that this symposium was not an NIH Consensus Development Conference, which refers to a specific program in which an independent panel, meeting certain criteria, generated evidence-based consensus statements. In 2013, the NIH announced that it had retired the Consensus Development Program (http://consensus.nih.gov/).

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