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Public health nutrition workforce development in seven European countries: constraining and enabling factors
Unit for Public Health Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden; 2Department of Health, Nutrition and Management, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Oslo, Norway.
Unit for Nutrition Research, University of Iceland and Landspitali National University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Division of Global Health/IHCAR, Department of Public Health Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Political Science, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
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2012 (English)In: Public Health Nutrition, ISSN 1368-9800, E-ISSN 1475-2727, Vol. 15, no 11, 1989-1998 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: Little is known about current public health nutrition workforce development in Europe. The present study aimed to understand constraining and enabling factors to workforce development in seven European countries.

Design: A qualitative study comprised of semi-structured face-to-face interviews was conducted and content analysis was used to analyse the transcribed interview data.

Setting: The study was carried out in Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Subjects: Sixty key informants participated in the study.

Results: There are constraining and enabling factors for public health nutrition workforce development. The main constraining factors relate to the lack of a supportive policy environment, fragmented organizational structures and a workforce that is not cohesive enough to implement public health nutrition strategic initiatives. Enabling factors were identified as the presence of skilled and dedicated individuals who assume roles as leaders and change agents.

Conclusions: There is a need to strengthen coordination between policy and implementation of programmes which may operate across the national to local spectrum. Public health organizations are advised to further define aims and objectives relevant to public health nutrition. Leaders and agents of change will play important roles in fostering intersectorial partnerships, advocating for policy change, establishing professional competencies and developing education and training programmes.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press , 2012. Vol. 15, no 11, 1989-1998 p.
Keyword [en]
Public health nutrition, workforce development, enabling and constraining factors, Europe
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Nutrition and Dietetics
Research subject
Culinary Arts and Meal Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-304901DOI: 10.1017/S1368980012003874ISI: 000310019200003PubMedID: 22894796ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84867724524OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-304901DiVA: diva2:1034361

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