"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.