National Survey of Energy Balance-related Care among Primary Care Physicians
This survey, one of several physician surveys in which
the Applied Research Program participates, is designed to obtain current, nationally
representative data on primary care physicians' (PCPs') characteristics, knowledge,
attitudes, and practices related to services for diet, physical activity, and weight
control. The goal is to develop a national baseline on the use of energy balance risk
assessment, counseling and referral services in physician practice and to identify the
characteristics of physicians who routinely incorporate these activities in patient
Data from the survey will be used to profile existing physician practice, understand
barriers to counseling and referral, and inform the planning and design of new initiatives
to spread the use of these services more widely within the physician community.
PCPs surveyed will consist of those who treat both adults and children, including
general internists, family physicians, obstetricians/gynecologists, and pediatricians.
The survey will support and further goals to monitor and evaluate providers' cancer
control knowledge, attitudes, and practices and their impact on population health.
ORB staff is leading this effort with collaborators across the Division of Cancer Control and Population
Sciences. In addition, NCI is collaborating with the following six
institutes/agencies across the Department of Health and
Human Services to develop the survey.
The project is co-funded by NICHD, NIDDK, OBSSR, and CDC, and a trans-HHS work group
has collaborated to identify key research domains and questions for the survey
instruments. NCI plans to field the survey instruments in early 2008.