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Table 4 National estimates of weight reduction counseling during general and family medicine patient visits (in millions).*

From: A comparison of patient visits to osteopathic and allopathic general and family medicine physicians: results from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2003–2004

  Counseling Provided     
  Yes No     
Patient or Visit Characteristic No. % No. % OR† 95% CI
Age, yr         
   ≤24 0.9 5.2 65.3 20.1 0.34 0.16 - 0.71
   25–44 4.1 24.3 79.1 24.4 1.35 0.91 - 2.02
   45–64 8.5 49.7 105.8 32.6 1.75 1.29 - 2.38
   ≥65 3.5 20.8 74.3 22.9 1‡   ...  
Sex         
   Female 10.2 60.2 189.5 58.4 1‡   ...  
   Male 6.8 39.8 135.0 41.6 0.90 0.70 - 1.17
Race         
   White 12.7 74.9 283.5 87.4 1‡   ...  
   Black 3.2 18.8 30.1 9.3 2.20 1.46 - 3.30
   Other 1.1 6.3 10.8 3.3 2.18 1.26 - 3.77
Ethnicity         
   Non-Hispanic 15.2 89.6 292.3 90.1 1‡   ...  
   Hispanic 1.8 10.4 32.0 9.9 1.10 0.65 - 1.89
Geographic region         
   Northeast 3.2 19.0 48.9 15.1 1.52 0.83 - 2.79
   Midwest 3.1 18.0 91.2 28.1 0.73 0.40 - 1.34
   South 7.2 42.2 113.2 34.9 1.29 0.71 - 2.36
   West 3.5 20.8 71.0 21.9 1‡   ...  
Residence in MSA         
   Yes 14.0 82.0 264.1 81.4 1‡   ...  
   No 3.1 18.0 60.5 18.6 1.06 0.63 - 1.80
Episode of care         
   Initial visit 3.4 20.3 128.1 39.5 1‡   ...  
   Follow-up visit 9.6 56.0 136.6 42.1 1.30 0.92 - 1.83
   Unknown 4.0 23.7 59.6 18.4 0.61 0.29 - 1.28
Major reason for visit         
   Acute problem 3.7 21.5 153.1 47.2 1‡   ...  
   Chronic problem 9.0 53.2 116.1 35.8 2.47 1.75 - 3.49
   Preventive care 3.7 21.5 45.4 14.0 6.39 2.91 - 14.05
   Other/unknown 0.6 3.8 9.9 3.0 2.73 1.19 - 6.27
Provider type         
   Allopathic physician 13.9 81.8 262.8 81.0 1‡   ...  
   Osteopathic physician 3.1 18.2 61.8 19.0 0.96 0.58 - 1.58
  1. *Derived from the 2003 and 2004 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey using population estimates based on patient visit weights. CI denotes confidence interval; MSA, metropolitan statistical area; OR, odds ratio.
  2. †ORs are for provision of weight reduction counseling, and are adjusted for the other patient or visit characteristics in the table.
  3. ‡Reference category for OR.