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Table 5 Perceived barriers for managing CVD patients

From: Knowledge and attitudes of primary care physicians in the management of patients at risk for cardiovascular events

  Family Physicians General Internists Overall
Adverse effects of drugs 50.4% 52.3% 51.1%
Patient adherence 73.7% 74.1% 73.8%
Presence of co-morbid conditions 59.6% 56.3% 58.4%
Cost of medications 89.4% 87.7% 88.8%
Number of drugs needed for adequate blood
pressure control
74.0% 75.1% 74.4%
Patient understanding of treatment goals 53.8% 51.4% 52.9%
Adequate time to address lifestyle issues with
patients
52.2% 55.4% 53.4%
Adequate patient-education tools regarding
lifestyle issues
44.0% 47.1% 45.1%
Knowledge and skills to provide dietary
recommendations
46.2% 47.8% 46.9%
Knowledge and skills to facilitate patient
adherence
44.7% 52.0% 47.4%
  1. Each item was rated on a 1–5 Likert scale (1 = not a significant barrier, 5 = significant barrier).
  2. Percentage reported represents those who indicated a 4 or 5 on the scale.
  3. CVD, cardiovascular disease
  4. Overall refers to the combined results of family physicians and general internists