BACKGROUND: In 2006 the Department of Health and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published guidance on the management of childhood obesity, for use by primary care practitioners. Little is known, however, about practitioners' views and experiences of managing childhood obesity in primary care. AIM: To explore practitioners' views of primary care as a setting in which to treat childhood obesity. DESIGN OF STUDY: Qualitative interview study. SETTING: Primary care and other community settings based in Bristol, England. METHOD: Interviews explored practitioners' views and experiences of managing childhood obesity and their knowledge of the recent guidance provided by the Department of Health and NICE. Interviews were audiotaped and transcribed verbatim. Analysis was thematic and comparisons made both within and across the interviews. RESULTS: Thirty practitioners were interviewed: 12 GPs, 10 practice nurses, four school nurses, and four health visitors. Participants varied in their views about whether primary care is an appropriate treatment setting for childhood obesity. However, all described factors that limited the extent to which they could intervene effectively: a lack of expertise, resources, and contact with primary school children; the causes of childhood obesity; and the need to work with parents. It was also apparent that very few participants had knowledge of the recent guidance. CONCLUSION: Practitioners do not currently view primary care as an effective treatment setting for childhood obesity and it is unlikely that the guidance from the Department of Health and NICE will have a meaningful impact on their management of this condition.
|Translated title of the contribution||Practitioners' views on managing childhood obesity in primary care: a qualitative study|
|Pages (from-to)||856 - 862|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||British Journal of General Practice|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2009|