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Pollak KI, Alexander SC, Østbye T, Lyna P, Tulsky JA, Dolor RJ, Coffman C, Namenek Brouwer RJ, Esoimeme I, Manusov JR, Bravender T. Primary care physicians' discussions of weight-related topics with overweight and obese adolescents: results from the Teen CHAT Pilot study. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2009 Aug 1; 45(2):205-7.
Physicians should counsel overweight adolescents about nutrition and exercise. We audio recorded 30 physician-adolescent encounters. Female, older, normal-weight physicians and pediatricians were more Motivational Interviewing (MI) adherent. When physicians used MI skills, patients increased exercise, lost weight, and reduced screen time. Physicians should use MI techniques to help adolescents change.