National Survey of Energy Balance-related Care among Primary Care Physicians

This survey is designed to obtain current, nationally representative data on primary care physicians' (PCPs') 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. PCPs surveyed consist of those who treat both adults and children, including internists, family physicians, obstetricians/gynecologists, and pediatricians. The survey will support and further goals to monitor and evaluate providers' cancer control knowledge, attitudes, and practices and their impact on population health.

Collaborators on this survey include the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research; National Institute of Child Health and Development; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

The survey instruments were fielded in 2008. Data from the survey will be used to profile existing physician practice, understand barriers to counseling and referral, and inform the planning and design of new initiatives to spread the use of these services more widely within the physician community.

Physician Practices Questionnaires

  • Adult Questionnaire: This questionnaire specifically addresses knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of energy-balance-related care in physicians who treat adults.
  • Child Questionnaire: This questionnaire specifically addresses knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of energy-balance-related care in physicians who treat children.
  • Administrative Questionnaire: This questionnaire addresses practice and health system level characteristics.
Last Updated: 16 May, 2019