Aim: The negative prejudice and stigma that obese individuals are exposed to is an important problem for the quality of health care. In this study it was aimed to determine obesity prejudice of nurses and midwifes who work in primary healthcare institutions.
Material and method: Designed as a cross-sectional study, the universe of this research is composed of 287 midwives and nurses serving in the primary healthcare in Erzurum and Rize provinces. The all population was taken by sampling and the research was completed with 229 nurses and midwifes. The personal questionnaire form, which was formed after searching the literature by the authors and GAMS-27 Obesity Prejudice Scale were used as collecting tool.
Results: It was found that there was not a statistically significant difference between total mean scores of GAMS-27 Obesity Prejudice Scale and the descriptive characteristics of the participants. (p>0.05). In the study, it was determined that while total mean score of GAMS-27 Prejudice scale was 78.57±11.31, 56.3% of the nurses and midwifes had the tendency for prejudice and 27.5% were prejudiced.
Conclusions: It was found that more than half of the nurses and midwifes that work primary healthcare had the tendency for prejudice.
Assistant Professor Hasret YALCINOZ BAYSAL finished PhD in Nursing from Ataturk University in the field of Public Health Nursing in 2013. She received the title of Assistant Professor in the same year. She has conducted research on subject such as exercise, screening, cancer, nursing, obesity. Currently, Ataturk University, Faculty of Nursing is Assistant Professor.