Author Contributions: Dr Maggard had full access to all of the data in the study and takes responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.
Study concept and design: Maggard, Li, Maglione, Hilton, Santry, Livingston, Shekelle.
Acquisition of data: Maggard, Yermilov, Li, Suttorp, Santry, Livingston, Shekelle.
Analysis and interpretation of data: Maggard, Yermilov, Li, Maglione, Newberry, Suttorp, Hilton, Santry, Morton, Livingston, Shekelle.
Drafting of the manuscript: Maggard, Yermilov, Li, Hilton, Santry, Shekelle.
Critical revision of the manuscript for important intellectual content: Maggard, Yermilov, Li, Maglione, Newberry, Suttorp, Santry, Morton, Livingston, Shekelle.
Statistical analysis: Maggard, Yermilov, Li, Suttorp, Hilton.
Obtained funding: Maglione, Shekelle.
Administrative, technical, or material support: Yermilov, Maglione, Newberry, Hilton.
Study supervision: Maggard, Maglione, Shekelle.
Financial Disclosures: None reported.
Funding/Support: This project was funded under contract 290-02-0003 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Department of Health and Human Services to the Southern California Evidence Based Practice Center. Dr Maggard’s time was supported in part by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Physician Faculty Scholars program. This work was requested by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Role of the Sponsor: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality had input into the general design and conduct of evidence reviews conducted by the Evidence Based Practice Centers, but not this evidence review in specific. The sponsors were not involved in the collection, management, or analyses of the data, but did review and provide comments on the evidence report upon which this article is based.
Disclaimer: The authors of this article are responsible for its content. Statements in the article should not be construed as endorsement by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or the US Department of Health and Human Services. All data used for this study are accessible for review.
Also Available: A more detailed clinical review of pregnancy and fertility following bariatric surgery will be available at http://www.ahrq.gov/downloads/pub/evidence/pdf/bariatricrep/barirep.pdf.