Salemonsen`s ongoing PhD- project is named: “User involvement and beneficial self-management support in Healthy Life Centres (HLCs) in primary care “ - exploring service users` and health professionals` experiences and perceptions of help-seeking, beneficial self-management support and user involvement in matters pertaining to lifestyle change for persons afflicted by overweight or obesity.” HLCs are a novelty in primary healthcare and health service research in Norway, thus the knowledge of their efficacy is sparse. The scientific evidence of the long-term effects of self-management lifestyle interventions in primary care is still not convincing. Accordingly, there is a need for further explorations and a deeper understanding of the service users` and health professionals’ perspective, as well as influences such as motivation and emotional status that can lead to weight gain and inactivity, but also to change. The project employs a qualitative design, with semi-structured in-depths interviews with service users and focus group interviews with health professionals at HLCs.
Elin Salemonsen is a public health nurse, PhD candidate in Health Science at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger (UiS), and employed as a research fellow at Western Norway University of Applied Science (HVL), Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (Campus Haugesund).