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HCTW News: Overweight women often feel shamed in healthcare settings

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, October 31, 2008

Researchers from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center have found that accessing healthcare is often a stressful situation for overweight or obese women.

The women who participated in the study said they often experienced negative reactions from nurses and other medical staff. Many said they felt ashamed when they required larger gowns, blood pressure cuffs, scales, and chairs, the study said. Some described feeling "less than human" in a healthcare setting.

The study concluded that nurses play a critical role in supporting patients who are overweight and obese and that staff educators play a key role in making sure nurses understand the growing need for compassionate care for patients of all sizes.

Source: Science Daily

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