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Table 1 Baseline participant characteristics

From: The impact of a decision aid about heart disease prevention on patients' discussions with their doctor and their plans for prevention: a pilot randomized trial

Characteristic Total Group Control Group
(n = 34)
Decision Aid Group
(n = 41)
Mean age (SD) 53 (9) 53 (11) 53 (8)
Female 59% 59% 59%
Race:    
   White 73% 76% 71%
   Black 23% 21% 24%
Education:    
   At least some college 66% 71% 63%
Good self-perceived health status 67% 68% 66%
CHD Risk Factors    
   BP > 140/90 39% 47% 31%
   TC/HDL ratio > 4 43% 38% 46%
   Smoker 39% 29% 46%
   Diabetes 8% 6% 10%
   Family History of CHD (age < 55) 31% 26% 34%
Actual CHD risk    
   0–5% 43% 53% 34%
   6–10% 25% 21% 27%
   10–20% 24% 21% 29%
   > 20% 5% 3% 7%
Current CHD Interventions:    
   Blood pressure med 40% 38% 41%
   Cholesterol med 19% 21% 17%
   Smoking cessation 13% 6% 19%
   Aspirin 39% 32% 44%
   Diet low in saturated fat 48% 48% 49%
   Exercise regularly 51% 41% 59%
# of Possible Intervention Options for CHD risk*:    
   0 22% 24% 20%
   1 23% 21% 25%
   2 34% 42% 28%
   3 15% 9% 20%
   4 5% 3% 8%
Any Planned intervention, reasonable plans 68% 68% 68%
Any Planned intervention, best evidence interventions only* 56% 63% 51%
Preferred participation in decision making about CHD:    
   I decide 12% 9% 15%
   I decide, consider MD opinion 29% 26% 32%
   Share decision 44% 50% 39%
   MD decides, considers my opinon 7% 9% 5%
   MD decides 7% 6% 7%
Comfort using computer 24% 24% 25%
  1. *This includes hypertension med, cholesterol med, smoking cessation, aspirin.