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Table 1 Characteristics of patients with Type 2 diabetes started on oral hypoglycemic pre and post Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) 2008 guidelines, and their primary care physicians

From: Guidelines adherence in the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes: a historical cohort comparing the use of metformin in Quebec pre and post-Canadian Diabetes Association guidelines

  No (%) of patients or mean ± SD  
  Pre Post Overall
Patient characteristics n=670 n=609 n=1,279
Gender    
• Female 341 (50.9) 309 (50.7) 650 (50.8)
• Male 329 (49.1) 300 (49.3) 629 (49.2)
Age    
• <65 276 (41.2) 282 (46.3) 558 (43.6)
• ≥65 394 (58.8) 327 (53.7) 721 (53.4)
Co-morbidities    
• Cardiovascular 45 (6.7) 40 (6.6) 95 (7.4)
• Renal 10 (1.5) 7 (1.2) 17 (1.3)
Drugs
Number of oral hypoglycemic agents    
• 1 610 (91.0) 567 (93.1) 1177 (92.0)
• ≥2 60 (9.0) 42 (6.9) 102 (8.0)
Physician characteristics n=95 n=73 n=111
Gender    
• Female 45 (47.4) 30 (41.1) 51 (45.9)
• Male 50 (52.6) 43 (58.9) 60 (54.1)
Practice experience (in years) (mean, SD) 22 (8.1) 23.4 (7.6) 21.95 (8.08)
Evidence score n=83 n=68 n=92
(mean, SD) 21.1 (2.4) 21.2 (2.5) 21.2 (2.51)
• <20 20 (24.7) 18 (26.5) 23 (25.0)
• 20-23 49 (60.5) 38 (55.9) 54 (58.7)
• >23 12 (14.8) 12 (17.7) 15 (16.3)