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Table 3 Statin treatment prior to first-time myocardial infarction according to patient and primary care clinic characteristics (n = 928)

From: Low use of statins for secondary prevention in primary care: a survey in a northern Swedish population

Characteristics Treatment with statins p
Patient characteristics   
 Female gender 57/344 (16.6 %) 0.630
 Male gender 104/584 (17.8 %)
 Age <70 years 67/433 (15.5 %) 0.158
 Age ≥70 years 94/495 (19.0 %)
 Manual workers 95/528 (18.0 %) 0.626
 Non-manual employees and self-employed 58/347 (16.7 %)
 Prior cardiovascular disease (CVD) 57/165 (34.5 %) <0.001
 No prior CVD 104/763 (13.6 %)
 Diabetes, current diagnosis 84/171 (49.1 %) <0.001
 Diabetes not recorded 77/757 (10.2 %)
 SCORE <5 % 11/144 (7.6 %) 0.728
 SCORE ≥5 % - <10 % 3/55 (5.5 %)
 SCORE ≥10 % 0/15 (0.0 %)
Proportion of GP salaries paid to GPs working on short-term contracts   
 0–9 % (low short-term clinics) 48/351 (13.7 %) 0.047
 10–39 % (medium) 54/255 (21.2 %)
  ≥ 40 % (high) 59/322 (18.3 %)
  1. CVD is a composite of diagnoses including angina pectoris, prior revascularisation, ischaemic stroke/transitory ischaemic attack, or peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD comprised leg artery disease, a stenosing lesion of the carotid or atherosclerotic aneurysm. Current diagnosis of diabetes includes diabetes of type 1 or type 2. SCORE: Systematic Coronary Risk Estimation, assessed in patients aged 40–65 years without prior CVD or diabetes. Three cases were missing data on statins and 53 on employment status