Healthcare Workers Don't Always Practice What They Preach

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , December 18, 2012

"You can view that as maybe not bad news, but for us, that those numbers were essentially statistically equal between healthcare workers and non-healthcare workers was to us a bit of a flag."

The research project used statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, a telephone survey of 260,558 adults reporting 19 health behaviors in the United States in 2008 and 2009.

In a few of the health behavior categories, healthcare workers responded that they had behaviors that many said were less healthy than non-healthcare workers. For example, female healthcare workers over age 50 were 8% less likely than non-healthcare workers to say they had obtained recommended mammograms within the last two years.

And healthcare workers were 5% more likely to say they had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days than non-healthcare workers.

However, Mukamal says, those results may have underlying reasons.

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