publication . Other literature type . Article . 2003

Does Physician Weight Affect Perception of Health Advice?

Robert B. Hash; Rana K. Munna; Robert L. Vogel; James J. Bason;
  • Published: 01 Jan 2003
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Abstract Background. Obesity is considered a growing health threat in the United States. Although physicians have an important role in counseling their patients for obesity prevention and treatment, physicians themselves are often overweight. There are few data regarding how physician body weight might affect patient receptiveness to obesity counseling. Methods. A 43-item survey instrument was developed that consisted of three scales related to physician characteristics, health locus of control, and perceptions on receiving health advice from overweight physicians. The survey was administered to 226 patients in five physician offices. Two of the physicians were ...
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free text keywords: Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Epidemiology, Body weight, Medicine, business.industry, business, Physical therapy, medicine.medical_specialty, Overweight, medicine.symptom, Obesity, medicine.disease, Locus of control, Family medicine, Diabetes mellitus, Survey instrument, Affect perception, Health advice
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