Table 4

Percentage of primary care doctors who would give different types of advicea at the first consultation to a patient presenting with coronary heart disease by sex of doctor.

Percentage of doctors who would give advice (95% CI)
Types of adviceAll doctorsbMale doctorscFemale doctorscP-value
Diet54 (48 to 60)45 (37 to 54)63 (55 to 72)0.004
Smoking43 (38 to 49)40 (32 to 48)47 (39 to 55)0.235
Alcohol consumption27 (22 to 32)23 (15 to 30)31 (24 to 39)0.111
Relaxation8 (5 to 11)9 (4 to 13)7 (2 to 12)0.638
Physical exercise7 (4 to 11)5 (0 to 9)10 (6 to 15)0.092
  • aBased on detailed coding of the responses given by primary care doctors to the question: ‘Based on the information presented in this case, would you advise the patient about his/her lifestyle or behaviour today? What would you advise? Anything else?’

  • b(n = 256).

  • c(n = 128).