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Association of physician's sex with risk factor control in treated hypertensive patients from Swedish primary healthcare
Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Karolinska University Hospital Solna, Stockholm, Sweden.
Sahlgrenska University Hospital/Östra, Gothenburg, Sweden.
The Sahlgrenska Academy, Göteborg University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2764-3095
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2008 (English)In: Journal of Hypertension, ISSN 0263-6352, E-ISSN 1473-5598, Vol. 26, no 10, 2050-2056 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


To study the association of physician's sex with blood pressure, lipid control, and cardiovascular risk factors in treated hypertensive men and women, stratified for the sex of their physician.


In a cross-sectional survey of hypertensive patients, 264 primary care physicians (PCPs), 187 men and 77 women from across Sweden, recruited 6537 treated hypertensive patients (48% men) during 2002-2005, consecutively collected from medical records and registered on a web-based form connected to a central database. Patients were included consecutively in the same order as they visited the healthcare centre.


Hypertensive women more often reached target systolic/diastolic blood pressure levels (<140/90 mmHg) when treated by female PCPs than when they were treated by male PCPs (32 vs. 24%, P < 0.001). This difference remained when comparing female and male physicians' nondiabetic female patients. Both male and female patients had better control of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels when treated by female PCPs than when treated by male PCPs (total cholesterol <5 mmol/l: women 30 vs. 24%, P < 0.001; men 42 vs. 34%, P < 0.001; low-density lipoprotein cholesterol <3 mmol/l: women 39 vs. 33%, P < 0.01; men 41 vs. 35%, P < 0.05). Female PCPs had a higher proportion of treated hypertensive patients with diabetes than did male PCPs but male PCPs had a higher prevalence of treated hypertensive men with microalbuminuria compared with female PCPs.


Female physicians appeared more often to reach the treatment goal for blood pressure in female patients and cholesterol levels in all patients than did male physicians.

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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008. Vol. 26, no 10, 2050-2056 p.
Keyword [en]
blood pressure, hypertension, lipids, physician, primary health, sex
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-101558DOI: 10.1097/HJH.0b013e32830a4a3bPubMedID: 18806630OAI: diva2:666506
Available from: 2013-11-22 Created: 2013-11-22 Last updated: 2016-09-26Bibliographically approved

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