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Table 4 Top ranked personnel to assist overweight and obese general practice patients who intend to lose weight in the next six months with managing their weight

From: A cross-sectional study assessing Australian general practice patients’ intention, reasons and preferences for assistance with losing weight

Most preferred person to assist with weight management Overweight (n = 293)a Obese (n = 251)a Design based degrees of freedom Test statistic p-value
n % 95% CI n % [95% CI]
Dietitian 75 26 [21, 31] 83 33 [30, 36] (1.8, 20) 2.9 0.08
General practitioner 47 16 [12, 22] 42 17 [12, 23] (1.8, 19) 1.6 0.2
Exercise physiologist 39 13 [8.7, 20] 36 14 [10, 20] (1.3, 15) 0.2 0.7
Psychologist 7 2.4 [1.1, 5.2] 10 4 [2.2, 7.1] (1.4, 16) 1.7 0.2
General practice nurse 1 0.3 [0, 3.1] 4 1.6 [0, 3.9] (1.9, 21) 2.8 0.09
Surgeon 0 0 n/a 2 0.8 [0.2, 4.2] (1.1, 12) 0.5 0.5
Weight loss consultant 9 3.1 [1.3, 7.0] 9 3.6 [1.6, 8.0] (2.0, 22) 1.2 0.3
None of the above 114 39 [36, 49] 66 26 [21, 32] (1.6, 18) 5.9 0.015*
  1. *Not equal to total intending to lose weight due to incomplete surveys.
  2. a Total percentage not equal to 100 due to rounding up of figures.