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Table 4 Correlations (Pearson's r) between attitudes and training, practice Characteristics, and obesity counseling competencies (n = 250)

From: Physicians' attitudes about obesity and their associations with competency and specialty: A cross-sectional study

  Physician Discomfort/Bias Physician Success Positive Outcome Expectancies Negative Outcome Expectancies
Training Characteristics
   Years Since Residency -.08 .10 -.18** .15*
Practice Characteristics
   Time Spent Providing Direct Care in Public Outpatient Setting1 .04 -.18** .09 .06
   Hours/Wk See Outpatients -.06 .16* .04 .01
   % of Patients in Practice Obese -.01 -.02 -.02 .12
Perceived Obesity Counseling Skills
   Mean (SD) Assess Score -.25*** .55*** .00 -.01
   Mean (SD) Advise -.18** .47** -.01 .09
   Mean (SD) Agree -.21** .57*** -.02 -.08
   Mean (SD) Assist -.13^ .37*** .08 -.11
   Mean (SD) Arrange -.14* .42*** .04 -.06
   % of Obese Patients Lose Weight -.14^ .30*** -.09 -.14^
  1. 1 5-point scale: 1 = No time spent, 2 = up to 25% of effort, 3 = 25% – 50% effort, 4 = 50% – 75%, 5>75% effort
  2. *P < .05, **p < .01, ***p < .001
  3. ^P = .054–.056