DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
National Institutes of Health
Proposed Data Collection; Comment Request; National Physician Survey of Practices on Diet, Physical Activity, and Weight Control
Type of Information Collection Request:NEW.
Need and Use of Information Collection:This study will obtain current, national data on primary care physicians' knowledge, attitudes, and practices related to diet, physical activity, and weight control. Obesity, poor diet, and lack of physical activity are becoming recognized as major public health problems in the United States, and have been linked to increased risk, adverse prognosis, and poor quality of life for cancer and many other chronic diseases. The data collected in this study will support and further NCI work in monitoring and evaluating providers' cancer prevention knowledge, attitudes, and practices and their impact on pupulation health, as well as enable monitoring of progress toward major cancer control goals. Data from the survey will be used to profile existing physician practice, understand barriers to counseling and referral, and to inform methods for improving the utilization of these services for adults and children. Two questionnaires, one sent to physicians and one sent to their practice administrators, will be administered by mail or telephone to a randomly-selected national sample of 2,000 physicians belonging to primary care specialties. Study participants will be 2,000 practicing physicians who are family practitioners, general internists, pediatricians, and obstetrician/gynecologists and 2,000 practice administrators.