Doctors Not Providing Information About Good
ATLANTA, GA-It is now well established that there are a
medical conditions that can be prevented if issues are
example, proper diet, blood pressure, blood sugar and weight
quitting smoking, exercise, pregnancy health, and many others.
these issues can be initially introduced under the guidance of
who is acquainted with the medical conditions and consequences
In 1995, U.S. government health researchers surveyed doctors by
evaluating 29,272 office visits. The study was just published
journal Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (1998;47:91-94).
is the flagship publication of the Centers for Disease Control
According to the study just released by the CDC, only 19% of
talked with patients about exercise, 23% discussed diet and a
counseled their patients on losing weight.
Remarkably, quitting smoking was discussed with only 41% of
during office visits! Putting it the other way around, doctors
discuss smoking with 59% of their smoking patients!
The study found that men were more likely to be counseled
smoking than women. And older patients were more likely to be
than younger patients. As to geography, U.S. Midwesterners were
likely to get advice and Southerners the least likely,
according to the
CDC study referred to as the National Ambulatory Medical Care