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Editor's Correspondence
June 24, 2013

Physicians' Health Practices Are Better Than Patients’—Reply

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(12):1155-1156. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.7405

In reply

We thank Oberg and Frank for their insights. We agree that the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System does not permit differentiation between various groups of health care workers (HCWs), as we noted in our Research Letter,1 although we provided stratified analyses that permitted comparisons by level of education. We also agree that HCWs perform better than other American adults in many areas, as we noted. However, these findings must be balanced by the fact that, for example, 19% of HCWs reported no exercise and 14% reported binge drinking in the past 30 days. Even if these figures are better than comparable values in the general US population, there remains great room for improvement.