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Stakeholders' Views on Factors Influencing Nutrition Policy: a Qualitative Study Across Ten European Countries

Jeruszka-Bielak, M, Sicinska, E, de Wit, L, Ruprich, J, Rehurkova, I, Brown, KA, Timotijevic, L, Sonne, A-M, Haugaard, P, Guzzon, A , Brito Garcia, N, Alevritou, E, Hermoso, M, Sarmant, Y, Lahteenmaki, L, Roszkowski, W and Raats, MM (2015) Stakeholders' Views on Factors Influencing Nutrition Policy: a Qualitative Study Across Ten European Countries POLISH JOURNAL OF FOOD AND NUTRITION SCIENCES, 65 (4). pp. 293-302.

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The objective was to identify the main factors infl uencing micronutrient policies in the opinion of policy actors in ten European countries. Study was carried out during Jan-Nov 2010 in European countries: the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Nor-way, Poland and Spain. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with representatives of stakeholders involved in the vitamin D, folate and iodine policy making process. Fifty eight key informants representing mainly scientifi c advisory bodies (n=24) and governmental organisations (n=19) participated in the study. The remaining interviewees represented non-governmental organisations (n=6), industry (n=4) or were indepen-dent academic or health professional experts (n=5). Data were analysed by theoretical interpretative thematic analysis. Insights from interviewees on the development of micronutrient policies were grouped using the Public Health Nutrition Policy-making model. The main factors infl uencing the mi-cronutrient policies were: systematic monitoring of nutrition and health, causal relationships between consumers’ diet-related behaviours and health outcomes, scientifi c recommendations from national bodies (Science area); scientifi c recommendations from international authorities and experiences of other countries, EU legislation, cultural factors (Wider context) and political environment, national capacity to deal with the problem, national leg-islation, economics, stakeholder engagement, relationships between stakeholders (Policy and institutions area). The spectrum and weight of the factors infl uencing nutritional policy depends on nutrient, country and degree of its “advanced status” within nutrition policy, political environment, culture and socio-economic conditions as well as the point of view (who is expressing the opinion).

Item Type: Article
Subjects : subj_Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Jeruszka-Bielak, M
Sicinska, E
de Wit, L
Ruprich, J
Rehurkova, I
Brown, KA
Timotijevic, L
Sonne, A-M
Haugaard, P
Guzzon, A
Brito Garcia, N
Alevritou, E
Hermoso, M
Sarmant, Y
Lahteenmaki, L
Roszkowski, W
Raats, MM
Date : 1 December 2015
DOI : 10.1515/pjfns-2015-0039
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2015 Author(s). This is an open access article licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License (
Uncontrolled Keywords : Science & Technology, Life Sciences & Biomedicine, Food Science & Technology, Nutrition & Dietetics, public health, nutrition, micronutrients, policy actors, qualitative study, factors, PUBLIC-HEALTH NUTRITION, MICRONUTRIENT RECOMMENDATIONS, EURRECA, FOOD, FRAMEWORK, CONSUMER, MAKERS
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 May 2016 14:15
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 18:18

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