Do physicians preach what they practice? A study of physicians' health habits and counseling practices
Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Alcohol Drinking; Attitude of Health Personnel; Body Weight; California; *Counseling; *Health; Humans; *Life Style; Male; Medicine; Physical Exertion; *Physicians; Questionnaires; Regression Analysis; Smoking; Specialization
Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research
We examined the relation of physicians' clinical specialty, personal health habits, and health-related beliefs to their practices in counseling about smoking, weight, exercise, and alcohol. We surveyed a random sample of members of a county medical society in selected specialties. Physicians with better personal health habits and more positive attitudes toward counseling counsel a broader range of patients and counsel more aggressively. Surgeons counsel less than nonsurgeons, even after controlling for differences in health-related attitudes and personal habits.
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Citation: JAMA. 1984 Nov 23-30;252(20):2846-8. Link to article on publisher's site
Wells, Kenneth B.; Lewis, Charles E.; Leake, Barbara; and Ware, John E. Jr., "Do physicians preach what they practice? A study of physicians' health habits and counseling practices" (1984). Quantitative Health Sciences Publications and Presentations. 457.