Informing the development of online weight management interventions: a qualitative investigation of primary care patient perceptions.
Authorvan Beurden, SB; Simmons, SI; Tang, JCH; Mewse, AJ; Abraham, C; Greaves, CJ
Source TitleBMC Obesity
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
University of Melbourne Author/sAbraham, Samuel
AffiliationMelbourne School of Psychological Sciences
Document TypeJournal Article
Citationsvan Beurden, S. B., Simmons, S. I., Tang, J. C. H., Mewse, A. J., Abraham, C. & Greaves, C. J. (2018). Informing the development of online weight management interventions: a qualitative investigation of primary care patient perceptions.. BMC Obes, 5 (1), pp.7-. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40608-018-0184-6.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5810085
Background: The internet is a potentially promising medium for delivering weight loss interventions. The current study sought to explore factors that might influence primary care patients' initial uptake and continued use (up to four-weeks) of such programmes to help inform the development of novel, or refinement of existing, weight management interventions. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 patients purposively sampled based on age, gender and BMI from a single rural general practice. The interviews were conducted 4 weeks after recruitment at the general practice and focused on experiences with using one of three freely available weight loss websites. Thematic Analysis was used to analyse the data. Results: Findings suggested that patients were initially motivated to engage with internet-based weight loss programmes by their accessibility and novelty. However, continued use was influenced by substantial facilitators and barriers, such as time and effort involved, reaction to prompts/reminders, and usefulness of information. Facilitation by face-to-face consultations with the GP was reported to be helpful in supporting change. Conclusions: Although primary care patients may not be ready yet to solely depend on online interventions for weight loss, their willingness to use them shows potential for use alongside face-to-face weight management advice or intervention. Recommendations to minimise barriers to engagement are provided.
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