Doctors rarely advice patients about healthy lifestyle changes

December 20, 2018

In the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), US patients were asked whether their Health Provider had informed them about any lifestyle modifications they should make. As shown by previous studies, medical advice plays an important role in encouraging patients to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

The statistical analysis conducted by the research group led by Igor Grabovac from MedUni Vienna’s Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (Center for Public Health) showed that doctor’s consultations rarely include preventive advice for healthy/normal-weight patients (9.8% received advice about physical exercise and 1% about nutrition and physical exercise).

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