Supporting patients with body dissatisfaction: A survey of the experiences and training needs of European multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals
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Repository Posting Date2020-03-30T21:00:47Z
Author(s)Williamson, Heidi; Antonelli, Paolo; Bringsén, Åsa; Davies, Gareth; Dèttore, Davide; Harcourt, Diana; Hedin, Gita; Jurgutis, Arnoldas; Stepukonis, Faustas; Tural, Ümit; Dilara Yalçın, Ayşe; Persson, Martin
Author DetailsHeidi Williamson (a), Paolo Antonelli (b), Åsa Bringsén (c), Gareth Davies (d), Davide Dèttore (b), Diana Harcourt (a), Gita Hedin (c), Arnoldas Jurgutis (e), Faustas Stepukonis (e), Ümit Tural (f), Ayşe Dilara Yalçın (f), Martin Persson (a) - (a) Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England, UK; (b) Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence, Italy; (c) School of Health and Society, Kristianstad University, Kristianstad, Sweden; (d) European Cleft Organisation, Netherlands; (e) Department of Public Health, Klaipeda University, Lithuania; (f) Department of Psychiatry, Medical Faculty of Kocaeli University, Turkey
Lead Author Sigma AffliationNon-member
Lead Author AffliationUniversity of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom
Level of EvidenceOther
Research ApproachMixed/Multi Method Research
KeywordsBody Image; Disfigurement; Appearance; Healthcare Professionals; Training Needs; Treating Patients with Appearance Concerns
Appearance-related concerns resulting from disﬁgurement or pressure to conform to beauty ideals, indiscriminately aﬀect patients’mental and physical health. Healthcare professionals face the challenge of addressing patients’ support needs. Therefore a European University Consortium developed a course to address learning needs. Prior to its design, a study with multi-disciplinary European healthcare professionals was conducted to maximize its relevance and acceptability. Healthcare professionals (n=718; 48% nurses, 30% doctors, 22% allied health professionals) were surveyed regarding the nature and impact of patients’ appearance concerns, conﬁdence in key areas associated with detecting/addressing concerns, and training/educational needs. Participants reported that this subject is highly relevant and 70% described the psychosocial impact of appearance concerns across the lifespan resulting from disﬁguring conditions, disability, neurological disease, ageing and weight/shape dissatisfaction. Participants, irrespective of their experience, self-reported inadequate knowledge regarding appearance-speciﬁc care, 87% requested further information and 70% wanted access to an accredited course; barriers deterring participation in training were identiﬁed. Healthcare professionals across multiple specialties are caring for patients with a wide-range of appearance concerns that impact on physical and mental health and want to increase their appearance-speciﬁc knowledge and expertise. Results have informed training/courses which have the potential to improve patient care and ameliorate health-related outcomes.
Date of Publication2018
Version of PublicationPublisher’s Version
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