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Doctors Overestimate Their Impact

Thursday, 23 February 2012 12:31 PM

Doctors think the health advice they give patients – on diet and fitness -- can make a difference, but a new study finds they tend to overestimate the weight of their words.

German researchers asked physicians to predict whether their overweight or obese patients were likely to follow their advice on eating well, getting more exercise and losing weight. About 55 percent of the physicians said they expected to see a change in their patients’ lifestyles.

But when researchers tracked the doctors’ patients three months later, they found few had taken the recommendations to heart. Only 28 percent had made changes and lost weight, just 6 percent were exercising at least one hour a week and two-thirds were not following their physicians’ recommendations to eat less fat and more fiber, they found.

Researchers said the findings, published in the journal Family Practice, suggest doctors need to consider other ways – beyond their own recommendations – to move patients to adopt healthier lifestyles.

“Options should be developed for closer cooperation between [physicians] and support facilities inside and outside practices,” they concluded.

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