Carers' perspectives on a weight loss intervention for obese adults with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study

Spanos, D. et al. (2011) Carers' perspectives on a weight loss intervention for obese adults with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 70(OCE1), (doi:10.1017/S0029665111000358) (PMID:22369631)

Spanos, D. et al. (2011) Carers' perspectives on a weight loss intervention for obese adults with intellectual disabilities: a qualitative study. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 70(OCE1), (doi:10.1017/S0029665111000358) (PMID:22369631)

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Abstract

To date, no studies have explored the role of carers in supporting adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and obesity during a weight loss intervention. The present study explored perceptions of carers supporting adults with ID, as they participated in a 6-month multi-component weight loss intervention (TAKE 5).Semi-structured interviews were used to explore the experiences of 24 carers. The transcripts were analysed qualitatively using thematic analysis.Three themes emerged from the analysis: carers' perceptions of participants' health; barriers and facilitators to weight loss; and carers' perceptions of the weight loss intervention. Data analysis showed similarities between the experiences reported by the carers who supported participants who lost weight and participants who did not. Lack of sufficient support from people from the internal and external environment of individuals with ID and poor communication among carers, were identified as being barriers to change. The need for accessible resources tailored to aid weight loss among adults with ID was also highlighted.This study identified specific facilitators and barriers experienced by carers during the process of supporting obese adults with ID to lose weight. Future research could utilise these findings to inform appropriate and effective weight management interventions for individuals with ID.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Spanos, Mr Dimitrios and Matthews, Dr Lynsay and Hankey, Dr Catherine and Melville, Professor Craig and Miller, Dr Susan and Macmillan, Miss Susan and Penpraze, Ms Victoria
Authors: Spanos, D., Hankey, C., Boyle, S., Koshy, R., Macmillan, S., Matthews, L., Miller, S., Penpraze, V., Pert, C., Robinson, N., and Melville, C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0029-6651
ISSN (Online):1475-2719

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