Perceptions of hospitalization: a qualitative study of people who are morbidly obese

Martin, Karen (2014) Perceptions of hospitalization: a qualitative study of people who are morbidly obese. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This qualitative research study explored the perceptions associated with acute hospitalization of individuals defined as morbidly obese. Interviews were one-on-one and utilized a semi-structured design. Nine participants, six females and three males were interviewed. Questions were aimed at exploring individuals’ personal hospital experience and their perceptions associated with care and treatment during their admission. Narratives shared indicated that participants did not feel slighted because of their anthropometrics and that everyone receives the same basic level of care. Most participants accepted the processes and policies of the hospital as “the way it is.” The concerns are systemic and overall change is warranted. The data collected provides not only an understanding of the challenges faced in hospital, but also the daily obstacles encountered and how this impacts public health.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 8292
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-168).
Keywords: Obesity, Hospitalization, Acute Care
Department(s): Human Kinetics and Recreation, School of > Kinesiology
Date: October 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Hospital patients--Attitudes; Overweight persons--Attitudes; Overweight persons--Hospital care; Discrimination against overweight persons; Morbid obesity--Treatment

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