Obesity management: Australian general practitioners' attitudes and practices

Campbell, Karen, Engel, Helen, Timperio, Anna, Cooper, Catherine and Crawford, David 2000, Obesity management: Australian general practitioners' attitudes and practices, Obesity research, vol. 8, no. 6, pp. 459-466, doi: 10.1038/oby.2000.57.

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Title Obesity management: Australian general practitioners' attitudes and practices
Author(s) Campbell, KarenORCID iD for Campbell, Karen orcid.org/0000-0002-4499-3396
Engel, Helen
Timperio, AnnaORCID iD for Timperio, Anna orcid.org/0000-0002-8773-5012
Cooper, Catherine
Crawford, DavidORCID iD for Crawford, David orcid.org/0000-0002-2467-7556
Journal name Obesity research
Volume number 8
Issue number 6
Start page 459
End page 466
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2000-09
ISSN 1550-8528
Keyword(s) general practitioners
health professionals
Summary Objectives: To document general practitioners’ (GPs) attitudes and practices regarding the prevention and management of overweight and obesity.

Research Methods and Procedures: A cross-sectional survey of a randomly selected sample of 1500 Australian GPs was conducted, of which 752 questionnaires were returned. The measures included views on weight management, definitions of success, views regarding the usefulness of drugs, approaches to and strategies recommended for weight management, and problems and frustrations in managing overweight and obesity.

Results: GPs view weight management as important and feel they have an important role to play. Although they consider themselves to be well prepared to treat overweight patients, they believe that they have limited efficacy in weight management and find it professionally unrewarding. GPs view the assessment of a patient's dietary and physical activity habits and the provision of dietary and physical activity advice as very important. The approaches least likely to be considered important and/or least likely to be practiced were those that would support the patient in achieving and maintaining lifestyle change.

Discussion: There remains considerable opportunity to improve the practice of GPs in their management of overweight and obesity. Although education is fundamental, it is important to acknowledge the constraints of the GPs’ existing working environment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1038/oby.2000.57
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2000, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082835

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