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J Nutr Educ Behav. 2014 May-Jun;46(3):215-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2013.10.006. Epub 2013 Nov 9.

Training in methods of preventing childhood obesity increases self-efficacy in nurses in child health services: a randomized, controlled trial.

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1
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Electronic address: benjamin.bohman@ki.se.
2
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
3
Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effects of training in methods of preventing childhood obesity on self-efficacy (SE) in nurses.

METHODS:

In a randomized, controlled trial conducted in child health services in Sweden, nurses in the intervention and control groups of the PRIMROSE prevention trial of childhood obesity were offered a 5-day workshop on dietary and physical activity interventions, and motivational interviewing. Self-efficacy for influencing parents to promote healthy dietary and physical activity behaviors in their children was measured using an 18-item instrument. Difference in SE between groups at post-assessment was analyzed using multiple linear regression analysis.

RESULTS:

Compared to control nurses (n = 38), intervention nurses (n = 22) demonstrated higher SE (β = 14.70, P < .001).

CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS:

Training in methods of preventing childhood obesity increased SE in nurses. Self-efficacy should be included as a construct in evaluations of clinical training.

KEYWORDS:

child; diet; obesity; physical activity; prevention and control

PMID:
24220044
DOI:
10.1016/j.jneb.2013.10.006
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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