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Swedish nurses encounter barriers when promoting healthy habits in children
Primary Care, Child Health Care Centres of Skaraborg, Mariestad, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Nutrition, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). The Skaraborg Institute, Skövde, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4218-4499
2013 (English)In: Health Promotion International, ISSN 0957-4824, E-ISSN 1460-2245, Vol. 29, no 4, 730-738 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To increase the understanding of difficulties in promoting healthy habits to parents, we explore barriers in health-care provision. The aim of this study is to describe nurses' perceived barriers when discussing with parents regarding healthy food habits, physical activity and their child's body weight. A mixed method approach was chosen. Nurses (n = 76) working at 29 different Child Health Care Centers' in an area in west Sweden were included in the study. Three focus group interviews were conducted and 17 nurses were selected according to maximum variation. Data were categorized and qualitative content analysis was the chosen analysis method. In the second method, data were obtained from a questionnaire distributed to all 76 nurses. The latent content was formulated into a theme: even with encouragement and support, the nurses perceive barriers of both an external and internal nature. The results identified four main barriers: experienced barriers in the workplace-internal and external; the nurse's own fear and uncertainty; perceived obstacles in nurse-parent interactions and modern society impedes parents' ability to promote healthy habits. The nurses' perceived barriers were confirmed by the results from 62 of the nurses who completed the questionnaire. Despite education and professional support, the health professionals perceived both external and internal barriers in promoting healthy habits to parents when implementing a new method of health promotion in primary care. Further qualitative studies are needed to gain deeper understanding of the perceived barriers when promoting healthy habits to parents.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Vol. 29, no 4, 730-738 p.
Keyword [en]
health promotion programmes, barriers, health-related behaviours
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-21979DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dat023ISI: 000345959300013PubMedID: 23633546Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84911922446OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-21979DiVA: diva2:619142
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This work was supported by the Skaraborg Institute, Skövde, Sweden and the Research & Development Centre Skaraborg Primary Care, Sweden.

Available from: 2013-05-02 Created: 2013-05-02 Last updated: 2017-08-18Bibliographically approved

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