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Food preparation at home: an example of new practical strategies in the Swedish municipal food service - a qualitative study
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Hälsovetenskap. Kristianstad University, Research Environment PRO-CARE. Kristianstad University, Forskningsplattformen Hälsa i samverkan. (The Action Learning, Action Research Association (ALARA), Australia)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1212-293X
2013 (English)In: Journal of Food Research, ISSN 1927-0887, Vol. 2, no 6, 72-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of the present study was to describe how one of 290 Swedish municipalities improved its FS service by terminating their earlier service of food distribution (FD) which was the delivery of ready cooked meals produced at a central kitchen in the community and introducing food preparation at the client’s home. The revised system is referred to as the new FS. This study was performed using an action research approach. The data was collected by individual- and group interviews and through participatory observations. The transcribed interview material was analysed using qualitative content analysis. The (n=30) subjects were recruited The findings of this study revealed that the new FS was experienced as being a good service, that the new municipal FS met individual needs in a better way and that the elderly recipients could participate more actively in planning and preparing their meals. In conclusion, it was found that having their food prepared at home was considered by many of the recipients to be synonymous with individually adjusted help. The results of the study could have implications for nursing, public administration and gerontology.

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2013. Vol. 2, no 6, 72-79 p.
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action research, elderly people, home-living, food service, municipality, qualitative research
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-11208DOI: 10.5539/jfr.v2n6p72OAI: diva2:660047
utvärdering av den nya matservice i Lunds kommun
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