Journal of General Practice

ISSN: 2329-9126

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Factors Influencing Practice of Optimal Dietary Intake of Alcoholics under Rehabilitation in Asumbi-Homabay, Kenya


Lucy Amanya Mutuli, Peter Bukhala and Gordon Nguka

Background: Optimal dietary intake in alcohol rehabilitation is a pathway that reflects self-care, commitment to staying sober and is a vital adjunct in effective alcohol rehabilitation.

Objective: This qualitative study sought to elicit facilitators and barriers that influence the practice of optimal dietary intake during the three months of alcohol rehabilitation.

Methods: A question guide was utilized to solicit information through in-depth interviews from 15 alcoholics and 5 health professionals until saturation point. Constant comparative approach was used to analyze verbatim transcripts obtained from in-depth interviews. This analysis entailed three stages including open, axial and selective coding.

Results: Recuperating alcoholics’ appreciated the health benefits of practicing optimal dietary intake in restoring their health, with health professionals being significantly supportive which translated into increased self-efficacy to practice of optimal dietary intake during alcohol rehabilitation.

Conclusions: The rehabilitation centres should have nutritionists besides other health professionals who can offer individualized nutrition services needed by the recuperating alcoholics.


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