Publication Abstract

Authors: Young EH

Title: Health promoting behaviors of family practice residents: do they compare with the general public?

Journal: Fam Med 20(6):437-42

Date: 1988 Nov-Dec

Abstract: To compare the health promoting behaviors of family medicine residents with those of the general population, data from a survey of 466 residents in the six-state south central region were compared by gender to data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS, 1985), adjusted for age, education, and income. The results showed that less than 5% of the family medicine residents were currently smoking cigarettes versus 28% of the NHIS respondents. Daily use of alcohol was significantly lower among men residents than NHIS men, 1.9% versus 13%, but was similar between women residents and NHIS women, 4.9% versus 4.0%. Residents were more likely to consistently use seat belts than the national study population, 74.3% versus 56.8%. There were no significant differences in weight or exercise patterns. However, residents reported a significantly higher incidence of personal or emotional problems during the previous year than NHIS respondents, 50.7% versus 37% for men, and 64.1% versus 49% for women, and were more likely to seek professional help.