Table 1

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
  Knowledgeable, % 55d 54d 54 45 59d
  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.

Perrot et al.

Perrot et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:356   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-356

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