Table 4 

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

Family Physicians 
pvalue 
General Internists 
pvalue 
Overall* 
pvalue 



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:10.1186/14712296942 