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Fam Med. 1993 Jun;25(6):401-2.

Do family physicians treat obese patients?

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, State University of New York, Health Science Center, Syracuse.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The purpose of this study was to characterize what patient and physician factors increase the likelihood of physicians counseling weight loss in their overweight patients.

METHODS:

A retrospective chart survey of 418 outpatient charts from 50 family medicine residents and faculty was conducted.

RESULTS:

Of the 267 patients who were overweight based on a body mass index score of more than 27, only 29.6% had been instructed to lose weight. Overweight patients with hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, or coronary artery disease were instructed to lose weight 32.9% of the time. Patient age or sex and physician age, sex, or level of training did not affect the frequency of treatment.

CONCLUSION:

Physicians need to be more aggressive in their counseling of overweight patients.

PMID:
8349062
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