Journal article

Talking about overweight and obesity in rural Australian general practice

Christina Malatzky, Kristen Glenister

HEALTH & SOCIAL CARE IN THE COMMUNITY | WILEY | Published : 2019

Abstract

As many patients' sole point of contact with the health care system, primary health care physicians (general practitioners [GPs] in Australia) are often positioned as key players in responding to rates of overweight and obesity in dominant public discourse. However, research from Western industrialised countries suggests that GPs may not be prepared for, or confident in, having conversations about overweight and obesity with patients. Little attention has been given to this topic in Australia, particularly in the context of rural health. The aim of this study was to understand how GPs in two rural settings in Victoria, Australia talk about overweight and obesity with patients. Working from a..

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