In recent research, researchers have found that physicians have been more receptive to lifestyle interventions than the general public. But why are doctors so receptive to lifestyle interventions? This article examines the reasons for the differences in attitudes towards exercise and lifestyle interventions among physicians and their patients. In addition to their own attitudes, physicians should consider the preferences of their patients. The research found that patients who value physical activity and health are more likely to engage in an online lifestyle intervention than those who are not.
Physicians should ask patients about their supportive friends and identify people who share similar goals with theirs. If they do, they should encourage them to develop relationships with such individuals. The DPP program included training in assertiveness and problem-solving skills. Additionally, physicians should periodically assess patients’ attitudes and expectations about diabetes and their quality of life. The American Diabetes Association suggests periodic screening for diabetes-related attitudes and expectations, availability of emotional and practical resources, and psychiatric symptoms.