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Table 3 Self-reported rates of preventive health practice and attitudes to preventive health amongst survey respondents (N = 16)

From: Surgeons and preventive health: a mixed methods study of current practice, beliefs and attitudes influencing health promotion activities amongst public hospital surgeons

Variable Higha Mediuma Lowa No Activityb
  Number (proportion)  
Preventive health activities
 Overall preventive health practice rates 1 (6%) 3 (19%) 12 (75%) 0
 Asking patients about behavioural risk factors 2 (12%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%) 0
 Assess patients readiness to change their behaviour 0 5 (31%) 9 (56%) 2 (12%)
 Provide verbal advice to patients 2 (12%) 4 (25%) 10 (63%) 0
 Provide written advice to patients 0 0 2 (12%) 14 (88%)
 Refer patients to other service for help in managing their risk factor 0 0 3 (19%) 13 (82%)
Attitudes to preventive health
 Confidence in addressing lifestyle changes 6 (38%) 9 (56%) 1 (6%)
 Knowledge in addressing lifestyle changes 5 (31%) 10 (63%) 1 (6%)
 How effective you think your advice is in helping clients with lifestyle changes 0 10 (63%) 6 (37%)
 Patients find it agreeable for me to raise lifestyle changes as part of consultation 0 12 (75%) 4 (25%)
 How important lifestyle changes are for health 11 (69%) 5 (31%) 0
 How important it is to address lifestyle changes with patients 7 (44%) 9 (56%) 0
 How much of a work priority is it to address lifestyle changes with patients 1 (6%) 13 (82%) 2 (12%)
  1. a High implementation rates defined screening and/or intervention scores in the fourth quartile for responding surgeons. Low implementation rates defined screening and/or intervention scores less than or equal to the first quartile for responding surgeons. The same quartile cut-off points are used for attitudes to preventive health
  2. b Scores of 0 for rates of preventive health activities