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Weight Care Project: Health professionals' attitudes and ability to assess body weight status - Study protocol

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dc.contributor.author Murphy, Kathy en
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-20T12:24:14Z en
dc.date.available 2011-05-20T12:24:14Z en
dc.date.issued 2011-03 en
dc.identifier.citation Moorhead, A., Coates, V., Hazlett, D., Gallagher, A., Murphy, K., Nolan, G., et al. Weight Care Project: Health professionals' attitudes and ability to assess body weight status - Study protocol. BMC Public Health, 11(1), 202. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/1914 en
dc.description.abstract Background Health professionals working in primary care and public health have opportunities to address body weight status issues with their patients through face-to-face contact. The objectives of this all-Ireland project are: 1. to assess the attitudes, current practices/behaviours and knowledge of key health professional groups on body weight status; 2. to assess the health professional groups' ability to identify body weight status in both adults and children. The health professional groups are: (a) community related public health nurses; (b) school public health nurses; (c) GPs and practice nurses (primary care); and (d) occupational health nurses (workplace) from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Methods/Design This all-Ireland multi-disciplinary project follows a mixed methods approach using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and consists of four components: 1. Literature review - to explore the role of health professionals in managing obesity through spontaneous intervention in a variety of health promotion settings. 2. Telephone interviews and focus groups - to gain an in-depth insight into the views of health professionals in assessing body weight status. 3. Survey (primarily online but also paper-based) - to determine the attitudes, current practices/behaviours and knowledge of health professionals in assessing body weight status. 4. Online evaluation study - an online interactive programme will be developed to assess health professionals' ability to identify the body weight status of adults and children. Discussion This project will assess and report the attitudes, current practices/behaviours and knowledge of key health professional groups within Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on body weight status, and their ability to identify body weight status in both adults and children. The results of this project will generate recommendations for clinical practice in managing obesity, which may inform policy guidelines. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher BioMed Central en
dc.subject Nursing en
dc.title Weight Care Project: Health professionals' attitudes and ability to assess body weight status - Study protocol en
dc.type Article en
dc.local.publishedsource http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/11/202 en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en
dc.contributor.funder Safefood, Ireland en

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