DOI: 10.1177/10598405231221050 ISSN: 1059-8405

Parents’ Experiences of Communication With School Nurses About Their Child's Weight Development in Sweden

Caroline Skantze, Gerd Almqvist-Tangen, Maria Nyholm, Staffan Karlsson
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

This study aimed to describe parents’ experiences of communication with school nurses concerning the growth data and weight development of their children aged 8 and 10 years old in Sweden. Eighteen interviews with parents were conducted and analyzed through qualitative content analysis. The result showed a need for improved dialogue where the parents viewed the health visit's purpose as unclear and lacked feedback . The parents desired access to their child's growth data and described the need for an improved channel for receiving information. The parents moreover experienced the lack of a child-centered perspective, described the child's context as not in focus, and desired collaboration around their child. This study shows the need for the development of evidence-based methods for communicating growth data and weight development between School Health Service (SHS) and parents, as well as the need for a reformed SHS perspective towards parents and children.

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