Table 3

Current Weight Management Practices for Obese Patients

Among obese patients, how often do you...

Mean (sd)

n (%)


Calculate Body Mass Index (BMI)

3.2 (0.8)

19 (35.2)

Always

27 (50.0)

Sometimes

5 (9.3)

Rarely

3 (5.6)

Never

Inform patients of their BMI/weight

2.7 (0.7)

5 (9.3)

Always

32 (59.3)

Sometimes

13 (24.1)

Rarely

4 (7.4)

Never

Recommend that the patient lose weight

3.3 (0.5)

19 (34.5)

Always

34 (61.8)

Sometimes

2 (3.6)

Rarely

0

Never

Discuss diet with patients

3.1 (0.7)

15 (27.3)

Always

32 (58.2)

Sometimes

7 (12.7)

Rarely

1 (1.8)

Never

Discuss exercise or physical activity levels

3.3 (0.6)

19 (34.5)

Always

33 (60.0)

Sometimes

3 (5.5)

Rarely

0

Never

Refer patient to a dietician or nutritionist

2.7 (0.7)

4 (7.3)

Always

31 (56.4)

Sometimes

17 (30.9)

Rarely

3 (5.5)

Never

Refer patient to physical therapy

2.3 (0.9)

4 (7.3)

Always

20 (36.4)

Sometimes

18 (32.7)

Rarely

13 (23.6)

Never

Refer patient to a behavioral counselor

1.8 (0.8)

0

Always

10 (18.2)

Sometimes

21 (38.2)

Rarely

24 (43.6)

Never

Refer patient to group weight loss treatment

1.7 (0.8)

0

Always

9 (16.7)

Sometimes

17 (31.5)

Rarely

28 (51.9)

Never

Refer patient for bariatric surgery

1.5 (0.6)

0

Always

4 (7.3)

Sometimes

18 (32.7)

Rarely

33 (60.0)

Never

Refer patient to inpatient weight

1.4 (0.6)

0

Always

loss therapy

3 (5.6)

Sometimes

15 (27.8)

Rarely

36 (66.7)

Never

Prescribe medications for weight loss

1.4 (0.6)

0

Always

3 (5.5)

Sometimes

16 (29.1)

Rarely

36 (65.5)

Never


a Scale of 1 = never, 2 = rarely, 3 = sometimes, 4 = always

Forman-Hoffman et al. BMC Family Practice 2006 7:35   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-7-35

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