National Survey of Energy Balance Related Care among Primary Care Physicians
The National Survey of Energy Balance-related Care among Primary Care Physicians is designed to obtain current, nationally representative data on primary care physicians' 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 care.
Physicians surveyed consisted of those who treat both adults and children, including internists, family physicians, obstetricians/gynecologists, and pediatricians. Separate questionnaires were used to address knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of energy-balance-related care in physicians who treat adults and those who treat children; an administrative questionnaire was used to address practice and health system level characteristics. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) fielded the survey instruments in 2008.