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A Qualitative Study of Nutritional Behaviors in Adults With Multiple Sclerosis.
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PMID:  23124124     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT: Few studies have explored how people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) cope with impairments and disability to participate in nutritional behaviors, such as meal preparation and grocery shopping. Thus, we conducted a qualitative study among eight individuals with MS who experienced mobility impairments. The eight individuals participated in semistructured, face-to-face interviews that focused on obtaining narratives about day-to-day dietary habits, preparing food, grocery shopping, and going to restaurants. Interviews were analyzed using an inductive category and theme development approach. Overall themes were (a) "it's a lot of work," (b) "it's not just up to me," (c) sifting through nutritional information, and (d) "why I eat what I eat." Participants frequently reported fatigue and mobility impairments as barriers to engagement in nutritional behaviors and often described family members as the "gatekeepers" for food selection and preparation (i.e., providing tangible support). Future research should explore the effectiveness of nutritional interventions that target family dynamics and create a supportive social environment to promote healthy eating habits and nutritional autonomy.
Matthew Plow; Marcia Finlayson
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Title:  The Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1945-2810     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neurosci Nurs     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-11-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8603596     Medline TA:  J Neurosci Nurs     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  337-350     Citation Subset:  -    
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Matthew Plow, PhD, at He is a project scientist at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland, OH. Marcia Finlayson, PhD OT(C) OTR/L, was a professor at the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL. She is now the vice dean (Health Sciences) and professor and director at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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