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NWS-5.1 Data Details

NWS-5.1 Increase the proportion of primary care physicians who regularly assess body mass index (BMI) in their adult patients

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Survey of Energy Balance Related Care among Primary Care Physicians; Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Applied Research Program (FDA and NIH/NCI/APR)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
48.7 (2008)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of primary care physicians who  measure their adult patient’s body mass index at every well-patient visit, every visit, or annually
Number of primary care physicians who treat patients aged 18 and over
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2008 National Survey of Energy Balance Related Care among Primary Care Physicians, Adult Questionnaire:


How often do you assess the following:

Body mass index

  1. Every well patient visit
  2. Every visit
  3. Annually
  4. As clinically indicated
  5. Never
  6. Other interval (specified by respondent)
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Not applicable
Methodology Notes

Primary care physicians include family medicine physicians, general internists, and obstetricians/gynecologists.

Sample weights are used to reflect differential selection probabilities of the three physician specialties, non-response, and undercoverage of the target population.