Swedish Child Health Care nurses conceptions of overweight in children: a qualitative study

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Swedish Child Health Care nurses conceptions of overweight in children: a qualitative study

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dc.contributor.author Isma, Gabriella E
dc.contributor.author Bramhagen, Ann-Cathrine
dc.contributor.author Ahlström, Gerd
dc.contributor.author Östman, Margareta
dc.contributor.author Dykes, Anna-Karin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-19T12:16:31Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-19T12:16:31Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation 11 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2296 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/14245
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background: Registered Sick Children’s Nurses and District Nurses employed at Child Health Care centres are in a position to help prevent childhood overweight and obesity. Prevention of this challenging public health threat could be improved through having a better understanding of how this group of nurses perceives childhood obesity. The aim of this study was to elucidate the conceptions of childhood overweight, including obesity, among nurses working in Child Health Care. Method: A qualitative study using a phenomenographic approach, based on open-ended interviews with 18 Child Health Care nurses (CHC-nurses) strategically selected from 17 Child Health Care Centres in the southern part of Sweden. Results: Four categories of description emerged from the data: Perception of childhood overweight changes, Overweight in younger children a neglected concern, Overweight a delicate issue and Importance of family lifestyle. The participating CHC-nurses conceived overweight in children, primarily obesity in children to be an extensive and serious problem which affects children, families and the surrounding society. Overweight in children was further perceived as a consequence of their parent’s lifestyle and their awareness of the problem, which was considered by the CHC-nurses as a sensitive and a provoking issue. It was also perceived that overweight in children is not taken seriously during the pre-school period and that concerns regarding overweight in younger children were mainly about the appearance and not the health of the child. The CHC-nurses perceived that the proportion of overweight children has increased, which Swedish society and the CHC-nurses have adapted to. This adaptation makes it difficult for CHC-nurses to define those children who are overweight. Conclusion: CHC-nurses provide a comprehensive and complex picture of childhood overweight, which includes several difficulties dealing with this issue. Attention to CHC-nurse’s conceptions of overweight in children is important since it can affect the parent-nurse relationship and thereby the nurse’s, as well as the parent’s efforts to influence the children’s weight. It is suggested that CHC- nurses should work with person centered counseling and empowerment concerning parent to child relations in cases involving overweight. Keywords: Child, Conceptions, Nurses, Overweight, Perceptions, Primary health care, Qualitative research en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher BioMed Central en_US
dc.subject Child en_US
dc.subject Conceptions en_US
dc.subject Nurses en_US
dc.subject Overweight en_US
dc.subject Perceptions en_US
dc.subject Primary health care en_US
dc.subject Qualitative research en_US
dc.subject.classification Medicine en_US
dc.title Swedish Child Health Care nurses conceptions of overweight in children: a qualitative study en_US
dc.type Article, peer reviewed scientific en_US
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Health and Society en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-13-57 en_US
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22697580 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpublication BMC Family Practice;57
dc.relation.ispartofpublicationvolume 13 en_US
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