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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6(10), 2608-2622; doi:10.3390/ijerph6102608
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Clients’ Experiences of a Community Based Lifestyle Modification Program: A Qualitative Study

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Received: 31 August 2009; Accepted: 30 September 2009 / Published: 2 October 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Behavior and Public Health)
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Abstract: There is little information about how clients attending lifestyle modification programs view the outcomes. This qualitative study examined the clients’ experience of a community based lifestyle modification program in Hong Kong. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 25 clients attending the program. Clients perceived the program had positive impacts on their health and nutrition knowledge. They experienced frustration, negative emotion, lack of motivation, and pressure from others during the program. Working environment and lack of healthy food choices in restaurants were the major perceived environmental barriers for lifestyle modification. Clients valued nutritionists’ capability of providing professional information and psychological support in the program. Our results suggest that nutritionist’s capability of providing quality consultations and patient-centered care are important for empowering clients achieve lifestyle modification.
Keywords: lifestyle modification; weight management; obesity; patient-centered care; qualitative lifestyle modification; weight management; obesity; patient-centered care; qualitative
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Chan, R.S.; Lok, K.Y.; Sea, M.M.; Woo, J. Clients’ Experiences of a Community Based Lifestyle Modification Program: A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2608-2622.

AMA Style

Chan RS, Lok KY, Sea MM, Woo J. Clients’ Experiences of a Community Based Lifestyle Modification Program: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2009; 6(10):2608-2622.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Chan, Ruth S.; Lok, Kris Y.; Sea, Mandy M.; Woo, Jean. 2009. "Clients’ Experiences of a Community Based Lifestyle Modification Program: A Qualitative Study." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 6, no. 10: 2608-2622.


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