Patients' perceptions of their general practitioner's health and weight influences their perceptions of nutrition and exercise advice received

Fraser, Sally E., Leveritt, Michael D. and Ball, Lauren E. (2013) Patients' perceptions of their general practitioner's health and weight influences their perceptions of nutrition and exercise advice received. Journal of Primary Health Care, 5 4: 301-307.

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Author Fraser, Sally E.
Leveritt, Michael D.
Ball, Lauren E.
Title Patients' perceptions of their general practitioner's health and weight influences their perceptions of nutrition and exercise advice received
Journal name Journal of Primary Health Care   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1172-6164
1172-6156
Publication date 2013-12
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 5
Issue 4
Start page 301
End page 307
Total pages 7
Place of publication Wellington, New Zealand
Publisher Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Subject 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Formatted abstract
INTRODUCTION: General practitioners (GPs) play an important role in the management of patients who are overweight or obese. Previous research suggests that GPs’ physical characteristics may influence patients’ perceptions of health care received during consultations, mediating the likelihood of patients following health advice provided by GPs. This study aimed to explore patients’ perceptions of their GP’s health status and its influence on patients’ perceptions of healthy eating and exercise advice. 

METHODS:
An interpretive approach to phenomenology underpinned the qualitative inquiry and study design. Twenty-one participants (aged 55.9 ± 6.5 years; 14 females, 7 males) who had previously received healthy eating and/or exercise advice from a GP participated in an individual semi-structured interview. A constant comparison approach to thematic analysis was conducted.

FINDINGS: Participants identified three key indicators of perceived health of their GP. These included the GP’s physical appearance, particularly weight status; perceived absence of ill health; and disclosure of a GP’s health behaviours. Participants expressed favourable perceptions of the weight status of their GP.  Participants expected their GP to be a healthy role model and often, but not always, felt more confident receiving advice from a GP that they perceived as healthy.

CONCLUSION: The findings highlight that a GP’s perceived health status influences patients’ perceptions of the health advice received during consultations. These findings provide a foundation for future research that may allow GPs to modify patients’ perceptions of their health status in order to facilitate behaviour change in overweight or obese patients.
Keyword Body weight
General practitioners
Obesity
Overweight
Physicians
Primary health care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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