Exploring attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of cardiac/stroke support group members in relation to a Mediterranean style diet.
AbstractBackground:The Mediterranean diet is widely recognised as a cardioprotective diet and is routinely recommended for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, which causes approximately a third of all premature deaths (age < 75) in the United Kingdom, yet adherence to the Mediterranean diet is low to moderate. Aims :To explore the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of cardiac/stroke support group members in relation to a Mediterranean style diet. Study design: The study was conducted using a focus group, and barriers to following a Mediterranean style diet were explored using eight guide questions. Adherence levels to the Mediterranean diet were investigated, during the focus group using a questionnaire. Methods:Following ethical approval for the study, members of a cardiac/stroke support group were invited to participate. Eligible and consenting participants took part in the focus group. Data collected was analysed inductively and thematically. Results: Three dominant themes identified were: limited Mediterranean diet awareness; following a Mediterranean style diet would be difficult; and a Mediterranean style diet is inappropriate. Conclusions: The difficulty of food preparation, the short shelf-life of foods, and the need for starchy and warm foods are additional barriers to following a Mediterranean diet for individuals who have experienced a cardiovascular condition or event.
CitationBakkali, J. S. (2016). Exploring attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of cardiac/stroke support group members in relation to a Mediterranean style diet (Master's thesis). University of Chester, United Kingdom.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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