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NWS-5.1 Data Details

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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.

Data Source: 
National Survey of Energy Balance Related Care among Primary Care Physicians
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

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
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: 
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.


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