Table 4

Association between demographic characteristics and physician practice patterns in managing CVD* patients

Family Physicians

p-value

General Internists

p-value

Overall*

p-value


Years in practice


10 or less

.56 (n = 155)

0.03

.60 (n = 91)

0.02

.58 (n = 246)

< 0.01


Greater than 10

.52 (n = 406)

.53 (n = 235)

.52 (n = 641)


Percent of patients

with hypertension

or dyslipidemia


25% or less per week

.57(n = 196)

< 0.01

.61 (n = 64)

0.02

.58 (n = 260)

< 0.01


Greater than 25% per week

.51 (n = 363)

.53 (n = 262)

.52 (n = 625)


Geographic location


Urban/Suburban

.53 (n = 323)

0.79

.55 (n = 260)

0.98

.54 (n = 583)

0.54


Rural

.52 (n = 156)

.55 (n = 30)

.53 (n = 186)


*CVD, cardiovascular disease

†Overall refers to the combined results of family physicians and general internists

‡Scores calculated as mean correct identification to clinical case questions

Doroodchi et al. BMC Family Practice 2008 9:42   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-9-42

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