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Table 1 Patient, Visit, and Physician Characteristics

From: Physicians' use of the 5As in counseling obese patients: is the quality of counseling associated with patients' motivation and intention to lose weight?

  N = 137 obese patients
23 residents
Sociodemographic Characteristics of Patients  
   % Female (n) 70.1 (96)
   Mean Age (SD) 44.9 (13.6)
   Race/Ethnicity  
% Latina (n) 77.4(106)
% Black (n) 14.6 (20)
   % Low Health Literacy (n) 54.0(74)
   % Spanish Speaking (n) 70.1(96)
Health Characteristics of Patients  
   Mean BMI (SD) 34.2 (4.2)
   Mean Self-Report Health Status1 (SD) 3.5 (1.1)
Stage of Change  
   % Actively Trying to Lose Weight2 (n) 36.5 (50)
Self-Efficacy  
   % Confident Can Eat Well3 (n) 56.9 (78)
   % Confident Can Exercise Regularly4 (n) 80.3 (110)
Visit Type  
   % New Visit (n) 51.8 (71)
   % Seen this physician once (n) 10.2 (14)
   % Seen this physician 2-3 times (n) 23.3 (32)
   % Seen this physician > 3 times (n) 14.6 (20)
   Physician Characteristics  
   Physician Advised to Lose Weight in Past (%) 29.2(40)
   Patient Centeredness5 3.8 (0.3)
  1. 1 Overall, how would you rate your health during the past four weeks- 6 point scale: Very poor, poor, fair, good, very good, excellent?
  2. 2 In the past month, I have been actively trying to lose weight and/or trying not to gain weight.
  3. 3 Somewhat or very confident that respondent could choose healthy food, could control the amount of food he/she eats
  4. 4 Somewhat or very confident that could exercise regularly
  5. 5 Average of six patient centeredness of care items: given every chance to ask questions; physician took a genuine interest in you; gave you information you wanted; checked to make sure you understood everything; gave you opportunity to ask questions; discussed next steps - 4 point scale specific to each item