Characteristics of child health care practitioners in overweight prevention of children

E. G. E. Dera-de Bie*, W. Brink-Melis, Maria Jansen, W. J. Gerver

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Objectives: To identify behavioral and personal characteristics of child health care (CHC) practitioners that influences the effect of early overweight prevention in children. Methods: In total 216 questionnaires were filled out by CHC practitioners from four organizations in the Netherlands. Results: There is a gap between awareness of the problem overweight in early childhood and actually discussing this with parents, as well as a gap between the existing recommendations and the perceived importance of early overweight prevention. Despite the fact that nurses have a more central task in life-style support than physicians, they reported to have less knowledge and skills than physicians. Conclusions: While both CHC physicians and nurses need support in improving their knowledge and skills, it is the nurses who need more support. A more structured and tailored implementation strategy with more emphasis on the needs of the nurses and physicians may improve early overweight management.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-162
JournalApplied Nursing Research
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016


  • Prevention
  • Overweight
  • Child health care
  • Nurses
  • Children

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