The Process of Adherence to Dietary Guidelines in Adult Post-Weight Loss Surgery Patients

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The Process of Adherence to Dietary Guidelines in Adult Post-Weight Loss Surgery Patients

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Title: The Process of Adherence to Dietary Guidelines in Adult Post-Weight Loss Surgery Patients
Author: Stevens, Sylvia Rae
Abstract: The Process of Adherence to Dietary Guidelines in Adult Post-Weight Loss Surgery Patients Sylvia Rae Stevens Director: Janet Merritt, PhD, RN, CNS-BC Weight loss surgery is an effective treatment approach for severe to morbid obesity based on research over the past 20 years. Effective and lasting weight loss results in significant life consequences for patients. However, most studies base the findings on changes in body mass index, improved co-morbidities, and quantitative measures of quality of life. The impact of having surgery on the lives of adult weight loss surgery patients has not been investigated using a qualitative approach, particularly about eating challenges in the post-operative period. The research aim was to understand the process of dietary adherence of adult post- weight loss surgery patients. Grounded Theory was the research method for the study in which sixteen participants submitted to a semi-structured interview; data was analyzed using the constant comparative analysis method of Corbin and Strauss (2008) from which a substantive theory emerged. The Path was an overarching concept describing a substantive theory comprised of five distinct but circular stages: Surveying, Navigating, Discovering, Recalculating and Persevering. The major findings included that WLS patients benefit from a collaborative relationship with the surgical team, the post-WLS diet is difficult and expensive, and that after WLS, participants experience stigma and prejudice related to the surgery particularly from members of their social support network. The substantive theory of The Path was compared and contrasted to research on recovery from other life altering conditions and found to be consistent with
Description: Degree awarded: Ph.D. Nursing. The Catholic University of America
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1961/10287
Date: 2012-06-01


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