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Table 4 Perceived availability and utilization of weight management services and products among respondents (n = 730)

From: Perceptions of the Malaysian general public on community pharmacy-based weight management services

Weight management services and products Perceived availability of services and products (‘Are the following services or products available at the community pharmacy that you go to?’) Utilization of services and products obtained (‘Have you ever used the following services or bought the following products at the community pharmacy that you go to?’)
Yes n (%) No n (%) Not sure n (%) Yes n (%) No n (%) Not sure n (%)
Pharmacy services
 Measurement of weight 409 (56.0) 276 (37.8) 45 (6.2) 234 (32.1) 396 (54.2) 100 (13.7)
 Measurement of height 367 (50.3) 313 (42.9) 50 (6.8) 194 (26.6) 453 (62.1) 81 (11.1)
 Calculation of body mass index 337 (46.2) 337 (46.2) 56 (7.7) 157 (21.5) 494 (67.7) 79 (10.8)
 Measurement of waist/hip circumference 261 (35.8) 401 (54.9) 68 (9.3) 118 (16.2) 560 (76.7) 52 (7.1)
 Measurement of body fat percentage 250 (34.2) 395 (54.1) 83 (11.4) 89 (12.2) 586 (80.3) 55 (7.5)
 Measurement of blood pressure 591 (81.0) 127 (17.4) 12 (1.6) 260 (35.6) 306 (41.9) 164 (22.5)
 Measurement of blood glucose 581 (79.6) 133 (18.2) 16 (2.2) 234 (32.1) 338 (46.3) 158 (21.6)
 Measurement of blood cholesterol 532 (72.9) 166 (22.7) 32 (4.4) 194 (26.6) 394 (54.0) 141 (19.3)
 Advice on physical activity to achieve weight loss 353 (48.4) 312 (42.7) 64 (8.8) 211 (28.9) 402 (55.1) 117 (16.0)
 Advice on healthy eating to achieve weight loss 337 (46.2) 324 (44.4) 68 (9.3) 206 (28.2) 429 (58.8) 95 (13.0)
 Referral to doctors and/or dieticians for weight loss 189 (25.9) 439 (60.1) 102 (14.0) 43 (5.9) 645 (88.4) 42 (5.8)
 Referral to slimming centers for weight loss 141 (19.3) 477 (65.3) 109 (14.9) 35 (4.8) 653 (89.5) 41 (5.6)
 Referral to other programs 25 (3.4) 479 (65.6) 85 (11.6) 9 (1.2) 505 (69.2) 99 (13.6)
Weight management products and resources
 Supplements (e.g. powdered drinks, herbal products and other non-drug products) 553 (75.8) 151 (20.7) 26 (3.6) 181 (24.8) 385 (52.7) 164 (22.5)
 Creams 323 (44.2) 270 (37.0) 137 (18.8) 55 (7.5) 648 (88.8) 27 (3.7)
 Oral medications 388 (53.2) 238 (32.6) 104 (14.2) 76 (10.4) 553 (75.8) 100 (13.7)
 Information materials (e.g. brochures, leaflets, popular diet books and video CDs) 283 (38.8) 308 (42.2) 139 (19.0) 80 (11.0) 589 (80.7) 61 (8.4)