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Unravelling the complexities of nutritional behaviours in hospital nurses: a commentary on enablers and barriers to healthy eating
  1. Ahmad A Abujaber,
  2. Abdulqadir J Nashwan
  1. Nursing Department, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ahmad A Abujaber, Nursing Department, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha 122104, Qatar; aabujaber{at}

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Commentary on: Marko S, Wylie S, Utter J. Enablers and barriers to healthy eating among hospital nurses: a systematic review. Int J Nurs Stud. 2023 Feb;138:104412. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2022.104412. Epub 2022 Dec 5

Implications for practice and research

  • Multi-faceted interventions are key in addressing various influences on nurses’ healthy eating beyond individual choices.

  • Rigorous studies are needed to assess multi-level socio-ecological interventions’ effectiveness on nurses’ eating habits.


Nurses, despite playing a significant role in healthcare, have been found to possess poor dietary habits and face elevated rates of chronic illnesses. A recent systematic review by Marko and colleagues explored factors influencing healthy eating among nurses in hospital settings. Barriers included high accessibility of unhealthy foods, high costs and lack of storage/preparation facilities. Enablers included proximity to healthy options, roster planning and structured workplace programmes. Supportive networks were an interpersonal enabler, while work culture and …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.