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Adult Obesity Management: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices of Alberta Family Physicians Open Access


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obesity management
family physicians
primary care
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University of Alberta
Author or creator
Short, Hilary
Supervisor and department
Rondeau, Kent (Public Health Sciences)
Examining committee member and department
Veugelers, Paul (Public Health Sciences)
Jhangri, Gian (Public Health Sciences)
Bell, Neil (Faculty of Medicine and Denistry)
Department of Public Health Sciences
Health Policy Research
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Master of Science
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Obesity is a national and global issue. Primary care is an important area in the prevention and treatment of obesity. There are numerous potential barriers physicians face in delivering effective practices in obesity management. Identifying major barriers will aid health care systems, medical practices, and primary care physicians in the improvement of counseling obese patients to lose weight and maintain their weight loss for the long term. The purpose of the study was to explore the relationship of physician attitudes, knowledge, and practice environment on their practice behaviours in delivering obesity management to adults in primary care. Physicians were assessed using a survey instrument, developed on the basis of four previously validated surveys. A database from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta was used to identify Alberta family physicians to invite to participate and gather data from. 129 physicians participated in the study through completion of the survey. The results of the study did not indicate that physicians’ attitudes towards obese patients explain for their behaviour in delivering obesity management in primary practice. Physician knowledge, responsibility, and practice environment modestly explain physician behaviours with respect to how they manage adults with obesity. Further efforts in identifying the determinants of physician behaviours in obesity management are needed.
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