Effect of a BMI chart on weight management discussions in a primary care setting

J Ky Med Assoc. 2006 Nov;104(11):519-22.


Objective: To measure whether the addition of a BMI chart to a patient's medical record at the time of the office visit would increase the likelihood of a physician discussing weight management with the patient.

Methods: Office staff were instructed to place a BMI chart on the front of medical charts of all patients aged 21 years to 65 years who were seen during a 2-month period in two urban university-affiliated clinics. The staff were to plot the BMI on the chart. The medical records were audited for the presence of the BMI chart and any documentation of a discussion of weight management.

Results: Of the 961 charts that were audited, 44% contained the BMI chart. A discussion of weight management issues was documented in 19% of those that contained a BMI chart and in 15% of those that did not contain a BMI chart.

Conclusions: Data presented here suggest that adding a BMI chart to the patient medical record may increase the attention of a physician to weight management issues.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Body Mass Index*
  • Body Weight / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kentucky
  • Male
  • Medical Audit
  • Medical Records*
  • Middle Aged
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*