Table 2

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

Percentage of doctors who would ask additional questions (95% CI)
Topics of additional questionsAll doctorsbMale doctorscFemale doctorscP-value
Indicators of pathology74 (68 to 79)73 (65 to 82)74 (66 to 82)0.893
Medical or risk factor history72 (67 to 78)70 (62 to 77)75(68 to 82)0.309
Symptoms of pain/discomfort60 (54 to 66)57 (48 to 66)62 (54 to 71)0.380
Current or past history of smoking53 (47 to 58)45 (37 to 52)61 (53 to 69)0.003
Current or past history of alcohol consumption33 (27 to 38)27 (19 to 34)39 (31 to 47)0.025
Stress and psychological state34 (28 to 40)35 (27 to 44)33 24 to 41)0.697
Social milieu, work or relationships20 (14 to 25)21 (14 to 28)18 (11 to 25)0.548
  • 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).