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dc.contributor.authorMcClinchy, Jane
dc.contributor.authorDickinson, Angela
dc.contributor.authorBarron, Duncan
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Hilary
dc.identifier.citationMcClinchy , J , Dickinson , A , Barron , D & Thomas , H 2012 , ' Lay and practitioner perspectives and experiences of obesity ' , Nutrition and Dietetics , vol. 69 , no. S1 , 488 , pp. 103 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 2601084
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 127e87c1-ea15-44f6-9296-63b1b9855011
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-7681-2732/work/62749242
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-2072-7827/work/32371700
dc.description.abstractCauses of obesity are known to be complex and multi-factorial. An increasing prevalence of obesity is of global concern. There is a need to fi nd effective obesity management and public health programmes. This paper draws on data collected as part of a study which focussed on lay and practitioner experiences and perceptions of nutrition information leafl ets in primary care. A qualitative design incorporating focus groups with 57 practitioners based at 7 GP practices and a purposive sample of 30 lay participants attending 6 consumer health organisations within one primary care trust. Focus groups were taped and transcribed verbatim and data were analysed thematically supported by a computer program (N6; QSR, 2007). Obesity and weight management were discussed by both practitioners and lay participants. Practitioner themes included challenges and concerns about effectiveness when delivering advice. Lay participants described personal experiences of seeking help and the lack of trust in medical involvement unless they had a specifi c medical diagnosis. Lay participants also discussed socio-cultural perceptions of the causes of obesity. Findings from this study expose the variance between practitioner and lay experiences, question both the effectiveness of primary care practitioners and their role in obesity management, and highlight the need for training for primary health care staff who are increasingly being asked to provide nutritional advice. In particular the study underlines the importance of having lay involvement in the development of obesity management programmes and public health campaigns if these are to be relevant and meet the needs of patientsen
dc.relation.ispartofNutrition and Dietetics
dc.titleLay and practitioner perspectives and experiences of obesityen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Allied Health Professions and Midwifery
dc.contributor.institutionNutrition and Dietetics
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Adult Nursing and Primary Care
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research in Public Health and Community Care
dc.contributor.institutionOlder People's Health and Complex Conditions
dc.contributor.institutionNursing, Midwifery and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionPatient Experience and Public Involvement
dc.contributor.institutionWeight and Obesity Research Group
dc.contributor.institutionCommunities, Young People and Family Lives
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