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Table 5 National estimates of exercise 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 3.8 8.4 62.4 21.1 0.47 0.32 - 0.69
   25–44 11.1 24.2 72.2 24.4 1.22 0.93 - 1.61
   45–64 20.9 45.6 93.3 31.5 1.54 1.24 - 1.90
   ≥65 10.0 21.8 67.9 23.0 1‡   ...  
Sex         
   Female 25.5 55.7 174.1 58.9 1‡   ...  
   Male 20.3 44.3 121.5 41.1 1.14 0.98 - 1.33
Race         
   White 38.2 83.5 258.1 87.3 1‡   ...  
   Black 4.9 10.7 28.4 9.6 1.17 0.81 - 1.69
   Other 2.7 5.9 9.2 3.1 1.56 1.04 - 2.33
Ethnicity         
   Non-Hispanic 39.4 86.2 268.2 90.7 1‡   ...  
   Hispanic 6.3 13.8 27.5 9.3 1.40 0.83 - 2.38
Geographic region         
   Northeast 6.7 14.7 45.5 15.4 0.84 0.46 - 1.52
   Midwest 10.5 23.0 83.7 28.3 0.70 0.43 - 1.15
   South 15.6 34.2 105.0 35.5 0.81 0.44 - 1.46
   West 12.9 28.1 61.6 20.8 1‡   ...  
Residence in MSA         
   Yes 38.9 85.0 238.9 80.8 1‡   ...  
   No 6.9 15.0 56.7 19.2 0.86 0.59 - 1.24
Episode of care         
   Initial visit 9.9 21.6 121.8 41.2 1‡   ...  
   Follow-up visit 24.7 53.9 121.5 41.1 1.65 1.24 - 2.21
   Unknown 11.2 24.5 52.5 17.7 1.34 0.81 - 2.24
Major reason for visit         
   Acute problem 12.4 27.1 144.3 48.8 1‡   ...  
   Chronic problem 21.7 47.5 103.5 35.0 1.65 1.20 - 2.27
   Preventive care 9.3 20.3 39.7 13.4 2.50 1.58 - 3.97
   Other/unknown 2.3 5.1 8.2 2.8 2.42 1.08 - 5.41
Provider type         
   Allopathic physician 37.8 82.6 238.6 80.7 1‡   ...  
   Osteopathic physician 7.9 17.4 56.9 19.3 0.88 0.52 - 1.50
  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 exercise counseling, and are adjusted for the other patient or visit characteristics in the table.
  3. ‡Reference category for OR.