Academics at Edinburgh Napier University have launched a research project which they say aims to put nurses’ lives “in the spotlight”.
The Nurses’ Lives Research Programme will provide evidence to inform policy and political and public debate by answering questions about how Scottish nurses live, according to those behind the project.
Richard Kyle, lead researcher and reader in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University, said the study would use data drawn from the census and from annual health and social surveys run by the Scottish Government.
“The initial research has so far focused on overweight and obesity in nurses in Scotland… compared with care workers and other healthcare professionals”
Preliminary investigations have centred on looking at changes within the workforce in the past 20 years, including lifestyle behaviours and the prevalence of obesity among registrants.
“The initial research has so far focused on overweight and obesity in nurses in Scotland and for that we have used the government’s annual health survey and compared nurses with care workers, other healthcare professionals and the population as whole,” he said.
He said the programme had also analysed data on nurses in terms of health inequalities and mortality rates across different geographical areas.
Mr Kyle added that some of the early findings were both “surprising and shocking” and described the project as being “globally unique”.
Findings will be published over the coming months.