Hagström A, Florén H, Rosengren K (2019) Family-Centered Care - A Tool to Decrease Malnutrition among Children in Vietnam. Int Arch Nurs Health Care 5:116.


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RESEARCH ARTICLE | OPEN ACCESS DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510116

Family-Centered Care - A Tool to Decrease Malnutrition among Children in Vietnam

Anna Hagström, Hedvig Florén and Kristina Rosengren*

Sahlgrenska Academy, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden



Malnutrition is a global problem with almost 2.4 billion suffering people around the world.


The aim of this study was to describe nursing students' experiences of malnutrition among children within hospital in Vietnam.


Data collection was gained by seven semi-structured interviews with nursing students in their last year at the Advanced Nursing Program at Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam. Data was analyzed through a manifest qualitative content analysis.


One category was found; Support through family-centered care, which includes two subcategories; Supporting healthy eating habits within the family and Managing limited resources, which describe nursing student's experiences of malnutrition among children in Vietnam.


Nurses are resources within healthcare to identifying risk factors regarding malnutrition such as financial vulnerability, eating habits and access to healthcare. However this requires improvements regarding nursing education (malnutrition, family-centered care) as well as focus on nursing tasks (prevention, follow-up) in primary and hospital care by increased number of nurses.