Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of risky health behaviours: A qualitative evaluation of preventative measures for populations with cystic fibrosis

Keyte, Rebecca and Egan, Helen and Mantzios, Michail (2019) Healthcare professionals’ perceptions of risky health behaviours: A qualitative evaluation of preventative measures for populations with cystic fibrosis. Chronic Illness. p. 174239531985639. ISSN 1742-3953

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Abstract

Objectives:
Previous qualitative data highlight why individuals with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) may be motivated to initiate in risky behaviours (smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, illicit drug use). To inform interventions aimed to reduce the occurrence of risky behaviours, we investigated how CF health care professionals (HCPs) perceive the issue of risky behaviours, providing insight into what interventions could work in practice.
Methods:
This research had two phases of data collection. In phase one, nine CF Specialist Nurses participated in a semi-structured interview via telephone. In phase two, HCPs who work within a CF multi-disciplinary team (MDT) participated in a dissemination meeting.
Results:
CF HCPs identified that although risky behaviours were a major concern within the CF population, education regarding the adverse health effects of such behaviours is not embedded within practice, the issue of risky behaviours is addressed on an individualised basis. HCPs suggested that they would welcome interventions, and that such interventions firstly need to raise HCPs awareness and knowledge regarding risky behaviours before focusing upon patients.
Discussion:
Within this research, HCPs provided practical insight into the need for policy change for the prevention and reduction of risky behaviours by informing current advice and practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA 04: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Depositing User: Silvio Aldrovandi
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2019 10:57
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 10:57
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7660

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