AIM: To explore children's nurses' attitudes to providing health promotion advice to overweight children and their families during hospital admissions.
METHODS: Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted in a private room in the ward setting. Interviews were recorded and transcribed, and thematic analysis of the transcripts was undertaken.
FINDINGS: The six themes generated from responses were: responsibility for health promotion; sensitivity of the topic; long-term benefits; parents--a barrier; need for training; and need for institutional support.
CONCLUSION: Further research with acute care children's nurses in the UK is required to validate the study findings. More work is also needed to explore the ethics of health promotion in the acute care setting.