This study aims to understand the perceived causes and consequences of weight gain within a secure psychiatric inpatient service in South Wales.
A purposive sample of 12 staff members were interviewed. These interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis.
Three themes were identified, these were increasing demand for integrated physical health care, unhealthy lifestyles and weight gain viewed as a symptom of poor mental health.
It is a unique insight into the factors that contribute to obesity in a Welsh secure unit and adds to current understanding of the challenges of improving weight management services within this sector.
The authors gratefully thank the staff members included in this study for their insights into secure inpatient physical health. This research received funding from a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS 2).
Davies, J.L., Bagshaw, R., Watt, A., Hewlett, P. and Seage, H. (2023), "Staff perspectives on obesity within a Welsh secure psychiatric inpatient setting", The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 44-52. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMHTEP-06-2022-0050
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