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Table 2 Proportion of GPs recommending simvastatin therapy by patients’ required survival gain to make therapy worthwhile, and physicians’ perception of survival gain

From: Decisions on statin therapy by patients’ opinions about survival gains: cross sectional survey of general practitioners

Variable Proportion (%) Odds ratio for trend (95 % CI)
Patient’s required survival gain   1.07 (0.99 to 1.16)a
8 years 170/205 (83)  
4 years 167/219 (76)  
2 years 173/222 (78)  
12 months 165/203 (81)  
6 months 168/213 (79)  
3 months 204/234 (87)  
Physician’s perception of survival gain   3.07 (2.55 to 3.69)b
<12 months 166/328 (51)  
12 or 18 months 260/317 (82)  
24 or 30 months 211/228 (93)  
36 or 42 months 117/122 (96)  
48 months or more 269/275 (98)  
  1. an = 1,296
  2. bAdjusted for the GPs’ age, sex, specialty attainment and number of patients listed. n = 1,217 due to missing responses