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Barriers to healthy eating by National Health Service (NHS) hospital doctors in the hospital setting: results of a cross-sectional survey.

Winston J, Johnson C, Wilson S - BMC Res Notes (2008)

Bottom Line: Only 12% felt the NHS was supportive of healthy eating. 74% did not feel their canteen advocated healthy eating.Canteen use is associated with younger age (r = -0.254, p < 0.0001) and health score (r = 0.123, p = 0.049).Improved canteen accessibility and availability of healthy options at evenings and weekends may be beneficial.

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Affiliation: Department of Primary Care and General Practice, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK. james.winston@doctors.org.uk

ABSTRACT

Background: With high levels of obesity and related illness, improving the health of the nation is a major public health concern. This study aimed to identify factors that prevent healthy eating among doctors, and that are associated with satisfaction with catering services.

Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 328 NHS doctors working in two NHS Trusts with on-site hospital canteen. Questionnaire to establish perceived barriers to healthy eating, weekly use and satisfaction with the hospital canteen, lifestyle and dietary habits, gender, age, height, weight, job details, and affect.

Results: 70% of doctors reported using their hospital canteen each week, with 2 visits per week on average.Canteen opening times, lack of selection and lack of breaks were the most commonly perceived barriers to healthy eating. Availability of healthy options caused the most dissatisfaction. Only 12% felt the NHS was supportive of healthy eating. 74% did not feel their canteen advocated healthy eating. Canteen use is associated with younger age (r = -0.254, p < 0.0001) and health score (r = 0.123, p = 0.049).

Conclusion: Interventions to encourage regular meal breaks, eating breakfast and drinking more water each day need developing. Improved canteen accessibility and availability of healthy options at evenings and weekends may be beneficial.

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Factors that prevent health Eating in Doctors (n = 306).
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Figure 2: Factors that prevent health Eating in Doctors (n = 306).

Mentions: Only 12% (n = 37/310) of respondents reported their employer (the NHS) was supportive, 35% (n = 109/310) thought their employer was unsupportive of healthy eating, and 53% (n = 164/310) were undecided. The average number of barriers to healthy eating identified by each doctor was 3.3 (range 0–9, SD 1.8), with lack of breaks (66%, n = 203/306, range between the five hospital sites: 20.0%–70.7%), lack of selection (56%, n = 171/306, range between hospital sites: 40%–100%), and canteen opening times (48%, n = 148/306, between the sites: 37.5%–60.0%) being the three most commonly identified barriers (Figure 2). Less than half the doctors (47%, n = 149/315, between hospital sites: 20%–57.9%) reported taking regular meal breaks.


Barriers to healthy eating by National Health Service (NHS) hospital doctors in the hospital setting: results of a cross-sectional survey.

Winston J, Johnson C, Wilson S - BMC Res Notes (2008)

Factors that prevent health Eating in Doctors (n = 306).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2551607&req=5

Figure 2: Factors that prevent health Eating in Doctors (n = 306).
Mentions: Only 12% (n = 37/310) of respondents reported their employer (the NHS) was supportive, 35% (n = 109/310) thought their employer was unsupportive of healthy eating, and 53% (n = 164/310) were undecided. The average number of barriers to healthy eating identified by each doctor was 3.3 (range 0–9, SD 1.8), with lack of breaks (66%, n = 203/306, range between the five hospital sites: 20.0%–70.7%), lack of selection (56%, n = 171/306, range between hospital sites: 40%–100%), and canteen opening times (48%, n = 148/306, between the sites: 37.5%–60.0%) being the three most commonly identified barriers (Figure 2). Less than half the doctors (47%, n = 149/315, between hospital sites: 20%–57.9%) reported taking regular meal breaks.

Bottom Line: Only 12% felt the NHS was supportive of healthy eating. 74% did not feel their canteen advocated healthy eating.Canteen use is associated with younger age (r = -0.254, p < 0.0001) and health score (r = 0.123, p = 0.049).Improved canteen accessibility and availability of healthy options at evenings and weekends may be beneficial.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Primary Care and General Practice, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK. james.winston@doctors.org.uk

ABSTRACT

Background: With high levels of obesity and related illness, improving the health of the nation is a major public health concern. This study aimed to identify factors that prevent healthy eating among doctors, and that are associated with satisfaction with catering services.

Methods: Cross-sectional survey of 328 NHS doctors working in two NHS Trusts with on-site hospital canteen. Questionnaire to establish perceived barriers to healthy eating, weekly use and satisfaction with the hospital canteen, lifestyle and dietary habits, gender, age, height, weight, job details, and affect.

Results: 70% of doctors reported using their hospital canteen each week, with 2 visits per week on average.Canteen opening times, lack of selection and lack of breaks were the most commonly perceived barriers to healthy eating. Availability of healthy options caused the most dissatisfaction. Only 12% felt the NHS was supportive of healthy eating. 74% did not feel their canteen advocated healthy eating. Canteen use is associated with younger age (r = -0.254, p < 0.0001) and health score (r = 0.123, p = 0.049).

Conclusion: Interventions to encourage regular meal breaks, eating breakfast and drinking more water each day need developing. Improved canteen accessibility and availability of healthy options at evenings and weekends may be beneficial.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus