Table 1

Percentage of primary care doctors that would ask a patient presenting with coronary heart disease different types of additional questionsa by sex and age of patient.

Percentage of doctors who would ask additional questions (95% CI)
Sex of patientAge of patient
Topics of additional questionsAll doctorsbMalecFemalecP-value55 yearsc75 yearscP-value
Indicators of pathology74 (68 to 79)76 (68 to 84)72 (64 to 80)0.50169 (61 to 77)79 (71 to 87)0.082
Medical or risk factor history72 (67 to 78)69 (61 to 76)76 (68 to 83)0.19179 (71 to 86)66 (58 to 73)0.014
Symptoms of pain/discomfort60 (54 to 66)62 (54 to 71)57 (48 to 66)0.38053 (44 to 62)66 (58 to 75)0.034
Current or past history of smoking53 (47 to 58)68 (60 to 76)38 (30 to 45)<0.00162 (54 to 69)44 (36 to 51)0.001
Current or past history of alcohol consumption33 (27 to 38)41 (33 to 48)25(17 to 33)0.00542 (34 to 50)23 (16 to 31)<0.001
Stress and psychological state34 (28 to 40)42 (34 to 51)26 (17 to 34)0.00739 (31 to 47)29 (21 to 37)0.093
Social milieu, work or relationships20 (14 to 25)23 (15 to 30)16 (9 to 24)0.23025(18 to 32)14 (7 to 21)0.037
  • aBased on detailed coding of the responses given by primary care doctors to the question: ‘Would you ask this patient any additional questions before you decide what's going on? What? Anything else?’

  • b(n = 256).

  • c(n = 128).

  • Social class and race of patient were not significantly related to any of the above at the P<0.05 level (see Supplementary table 1).