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Comment & Response
June 2016

Deliberate Self-harm Following Bariatric Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St John of God Hospital Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  • 2School of Population Health, University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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JAMA Surg. 2016;151(6):584-585. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2015.5123

To the Editor We read with interest the recently published article by Bhatti et al,1 not the least because of the wide media coverage that this article has received around the world since its release.26 By the very nature of it being a retrospective, observational study that has been more commonly reported in the media as a relative (>50%) rather than an absolute (1.3 events per 1000 patient-years) difference, we are concerned about the potential implications of this study1 for both health care policy makers and the lay public without further evidence.

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