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Clinical Leadership and Management Perceptions of Inpatients with Obesity: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Hitch, Danielle, Pazsa, Fiona and Qvist, Alison 2020, Clinical Leadership and Management Perceptions of Inpatients with Obesity: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 17, no. 21, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17218123.

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Title Clinical Leadership and Management Perceptions of Inpatients with Obesity: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Author(s) Hitch, DanielleORCID iD for Hitch, Danielle orcid.org/0000-0003-2798-2246
Pazsa, Fiona
Qvist, Alison
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume number 17
Issue number 21
Article ID 8123
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-11-03
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) attitudes
clinicians
hospital
in-patient
obesity
perceptions
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
WEIGHT BIAS REDUCTION
BODY-MASS
CARE
DISCRIMINATION
BELIEFS
STIGMA
Summary While obesity is recognized as a key global public health issue, there has been no research to date on the perceptions of care for people with this condition held by individuals in positions of organizational power. The aim of this study was therefore to describe the perceptions and experiences of clinical leaders and managers of providing care to inpatients with obesity at a metropolitan public health service. This study applied an interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) approach to qualitative research, conducting interviews with 17 participants. Their perceptions of care for inpatients with obesity encompassed both their personal understanding as an individual, and their observations about the organizational, patient and carer perspectives. Three overall themes were identified: (1) the problem of inpatients with obesity, (2) inpatients with obesity as sources of risk and (3) personal and professional perceptions of inpatients with obesity. While clinical leaders and managers were aware of the potential impact of stigma and weight bias on care given to this cohort, elements of implicit bias, stereotyping, “othering” and ambivalence were frequently present in the data. Ongoing efforts to improve care for patients with obesity must therefore include efforts to address perceptions and attitudes at all organisational levels of the workforce.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17218123
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2020, The Author(s)
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution licence
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