Health maintenance activities of physicians and nonphysicians

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Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Attitude of Health Personnel; Faculty; Faculty, Medical; Female; *Health Behavior; Humans; Male; Physical Examination; Physicians; Physicians, Women


Bioinformatics | Biostatistics | Epidemiology | Health Services Research


Studying the health maintenance attitudes and behaviors of physicians (MDs) as patients provides information about health maintenance care in a group of individuals where preventive care might flourish. The present study reports the results of a survey of such attitudes and behaviors among 144 university-based MDs and 283 nonphysician doctoral faculty members (non-MDs) from two area universities regarding their personal health maintenance care in 1983. Respondents who reported having a personal MD (44% MDs, 74% non-MDs) were twice as likely to believe they should visit a physician regularly for health maintenance and three times as likely to actually visit a physician for health maintenance as those respondents without a personal physician. Both MDs and non-MDs described the need to visit the doctor more often than they actually reported doing so for health maintenance. However, MDs more often than non-MDs reported receiving the particular health maintenance procedures that are generally considered to constitute essential health maintenance care. A better understanding of health maintenance care by MDs and their non-MD colleagues provides insights into the use and misuse of clinical procedures in the asymptomatic adult.


Arch Intern Med. 1988 Nov;148(11):2433-6.

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Archives of internal medicine

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