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Table 5 Proportion of physicians who are aware of and report using CHD risk assessment, by subgroups of physician characteristics (N = 873)

From: Use of global coronary heart disease risk assessment in practice: a cross-sectional survey of a sample of U.S. physicians

  % P- value*
All 41.4  
Specialty   < 0.001†
   Family medicine 41.7  
   Internal medicine 31.9  
   Cardiology 49.4  
Years in practice   0.02
   > 20 38.9  
   10-19 49.7  
   < 10 41.3  
Sex   0.92
   Male 41.6  
   Female 41.2  
Region of country   0.48
   Northeast 44.0  
   Southeast 42.0  
   Midwest 37.0  
   West/West coast 43.1  
Time spent in Office based patient care   0.002‡
   > 75% 36.3  
   51-74% 50.8  
   50% 57.5  
   25-49% 43.7  
   < 25% 40  
Office Setting   0.37
   Solo practice 39.4  
   Small group 42.1  
   Large Single Specialty 44.2  
   Large Multi-specialty 33.1  
   Academic Group 45.9  
   Other 41.1  
Use electronic medical records   0.71
   Yes 40.9  
   No 42.2  
Computers in Exam Rooms   0.67
   Yes 42.0  
   No 40.6  
Internet Connection available for computers in Exam Rooms   0.53
   Yes 42.5  
   No 36.7  
Use a PDA or smartphone
when seeing patients
  0.001
   Yes 47.1  
   No 36.2  
  1. CHD = coronary heart disease; PDA = personal digital assistant
  2. *Overall P-values based on Pearson's Chi square
  3. †Pearson's Chi square tests between paired groups yielded p = 0 .072 between cardiologists and family medicine physicians, p < 0 .0001 between cardiologists and general internists, and p = 0.018 between family medicine physicians and general internists.
  4. ‡ Pearson's Chi square tests between paired groups yielded p < 0 .003 for respondents spending > 75% of time vs. those spending 51-74% of time, p < 0 .001 for > 75% vs. 50%, p < 0.03 for 50% of time vs. < 25%.