Date of this Version

11-10-2015

Document Type

Journal Article

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Puhringer, P., Olsen, A., Climstein, M., Sargeant, S., Jones, L., & Keogh, J. (2015). Current nutrition promotion, beliefs and barriers among cancer nurses in Australia and New Zealand. PeerJ, 1396, 1-20.

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2167-8359

Abstract

Many cancer patients and survivors do not meet nutritional and physical activity guidelines, thus healthier eating and greater levels of physical activity could have considerable benefits for these individuals. While research has investigated cancer survivors’ perspective on their challenges in meeting the nutrition and physical guidelines, little research has examined how health professionals may assist their patients meet these guidelines. Cancer nurses are ideally placed to promote healthy behaviours to their patients, especially if access to dieticians or dietary resources is limited. However, little is known about cancer nurses’ healthy eating promotion practices to their patients. The primary aim of this study was to examine current healthy eating promotion practices, beliefs and barriers of cancer nurses in Australia and New Zealand. A secondary aim was to gain insight into whether these practices, beliefs and barriers were influenced by the nurses’ hospital or years of work experience.

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