Gastric bypass - ingen snarvei til ny livsstil : pasienterfaringer to år etter kirurgi
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionNordisk tidsskrift for helseforskning. 2017, 13 (1), . 10.7557/14.4125
Gastric bypass – no quick fix for lifestyle changes. Patient experiences two years after bariatric surgery. The aim of the study was to examine which factors affect the patient's ability to cope with lifestyle changes, the importance of social support to maintain lifestyle changes and how patients experience follow-up from healthcare professionals, two years after surgery. A qualitative exploratory design was chosen. Three focus group interviews were conducted with 13 patients. Content analysis was used to analyse the interviews. The findings revealed three themes; from knowledge to action, the importance of social support, and insufficient follow-up from the healthcare service. The patients need structure in everyday life, self-discipline and social support to reinforce self-efficacy and to manage and maintain lifestyle changes. Information and support from healthcare professionals should be tailored to where the patient is in the change process.