First Advisor

Cullen, Patricia L.

Second Advisor

Wimett, Lynn


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice


Loretto Heights School of Nursing

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

77 pages


Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States leading to numerous health related conditions. Bariatric surgeries are recognized as reasonable treatment options for obesity. However, long term success can be limited without adequate support. Rural areas can be especially difficult to find adequate support, often related to access and distance to care. The main purpose of this project was to analyze changes in perceptions of participants’ ability to engage in health promoting behaviors pre-intervention and post intervention. The intervention was a virtual behavioral support program for post bariatric surgery patients. The main objective was to determine if following participation in an eight week virtual support program, participants would have improved scores of perceptions of ability to participate in and maintain health promotion behaviors. The changes in perceptions were evaluated via scores, measured pre and post intervention, using the Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile II tool. Overall results showed an increase in the mean scores of perceptions from pre-intervention to post intervention of 0.09 (2.54 to 2.63). Although this did not reach power or show statistical significance, the overall perceptions surrounding heathy lifestyles did increase a small amount overall and in noticeable amounts in certain categories.

Date of Award

Fall 2015

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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