Based on new Gallup data, physicians are in better health than other employed adults, including nurses. That means, overall physicians are setting a good example for their patients.
Nearly 2,000 physicians and 7,000 nurses were interviewed from Jan. 2, 2011, to Aug. 31, 2012.
The survey was divided into two areas:
- Physical health issues: obesity, feeling well-rested, daily energy and number of sick days
- Healthy behaviors: smoking, eating healthy, weekly consumption of fruits and vegetables, and exercise frequency
Data were based on random telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup Healthways Well-being Index survey. The sample of physicians was based on a maximum margin sampling error of ± 3 percentage points. The sampling error for nurses was ±1 percentage points.
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