Bergström H, Wihlman U.
J Intellect Disabil. 2011 Sep;15(3):167-76. doi: 10.1177/1744629511424833.
SOURCE: Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. firstname.lastname@example.org
Managers and caregivers in community residences for people with intellectual disabilities are expected both to promote residents’ health and to support their autonomy. The aim of this article was to explore variation in views among managers and caregivers on the role of staff in health promotion. A qualitative study was conducted using semi-structured interviews with six managers and six caregivers. The analysis used a phenomenographic approach to categorize variation in views. We identified five qualitatively different main categories of roles staff play in health promotion: the parent, the manipulator, the coach, the educator and the libertarian. In addition lifestyle-related risk factors for ill-health and barriers to a healthy lifestyle were analysed and described using qualitative content analysis. The results highlight the ethical conflict that faces staff trying to support a healthy lifestyle as well as the autonomy of the residents