Micronutrient recommendation stakeholders' beliefs on dietary guidelines: a qualitative study across six European countries/regions.


Brown, KA; Timotijevic, L; Barnett, J; Ruprich, J; Řehůřková, I; Hermoso, M; Andersen, LF; Lillegaard, IT; Fernández-Celemín, L; Larrañaga, A; Lončarevič-Srmič, A; Raats, MM; (2011) Micronutrient recommendation stakeholders' beliefs on dietary guidelines: a qualitative study across six European countries/regions. European journal of clinical nutrition, 65 (7). pp. 872-4. ISSN 0954-3007 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/ejcn.2011.38

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Abstract

A range of stakeholders have been involved in the development and implementation of dietary guidelines (DG) across Europe. Seventy-seven semi-structured qualitative interviews explored stakeholders' beliefs of DG in six European countries/regions. A main theme, variation in the interpretation of the term dietary guideline, was identified using thematic analysis. Descriptions of DG varied across stakeholder groups and countries. Reference was made to both food-based and nutrient-based guidelines, including the terms food-based DG and food guides (for example, pyramids), nutrient recommendations, dietary recommendations, dietary reference values and guideline daily amounts. The terminology surrounding DG requires greater clarity. Until that time, stakeholders would benefit from increased awareness of potential misinterpretations and the implications of this on multi-stakeholder, multi-national policy development and implementation.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 21487426
Web of Science ID: 292455000013
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4340359

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