|Characteristics of the physician sample|
|PCP (n=809)a||Rheumatologist (n=206)b||Neurologist (n=201)c||Psychiatrist (n=204)d||Pain specialist (n=202)e|
|Years in practice, mean n||20.1c||18.9||17.8||20.8c||19.5|
|Total patients per month estimate, mean n||614.6b, c, d, e||355.4d, e||322.3d||215.2||267.1d|
|Seen FM patient in the last 2 years, yes %||79d||93a, c, d, e||79d||63||87a, c, d|
|FM patients in the last 2 years*,mean n||31.5||126.9a, c, d||53.1a, d||26.0||86.8a, d|
|FM patients in the past 2 years who are women*,mean %||83.6||87.7a, c, d, e||84.1||83.9||82.3|
|Find FM difficult to diagnose†, %||61b, c, d, e||31||50b||53b||50b|
|Training in FM‡|
|Mean score||2.2||2.7a, c, d, e||2.5a, d||2.1||2.5a, d|
|Excellent, %||4||16a, c, d||9a, d||3||10a, d|
|Adequate, %||33||52%a, d||45%a, d||32%||46%a, d|
|Very little, %||45%b, c, d, e||23||33b||37b||29|
|None at all, %||17b||9||13||27a, b, c, e||14|
|Knowledge about FM§|
|Mean score||2.7d||3.2a, c, d, e||2.8a, d||2.6||2.9a, d|
|Very knowledgeable, %||8||33a, c, d, e||15a||9||17a, d|
|Not very knowledgeable, %||34b, c, e||12||25b||39b, c, e||20b|
|Not at all knowledgeable, %||2||1||5a, b||7a, b, e||2|
*Among those physicians who have seen patients with FM in the last 2 years.
†Somewhat or very difficult to diagnose.
‡Self-rating of training in FM: 1 = none at all; 2 = very little; 3 = adequate; 4 = excellent.
§Self-rating of knowledge of FM: 1 = not at all knowledgeable; 2 = not very knowledgeable; 3 = knowledgeable; 4 = very knowledgeable
a,b,c,d, and e indicate statistically significant difference (P<0.05) among the subgroups (i.e., physician specialties) being analyzed.
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Perrot et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:356 doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-356