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Table 1 Characteristics of diabetic patients according to whether they attended public or private clinics (n = 253)

From: Are primary care practitioners in Barbados following diabetes guidelines? - a chart audit with comparison between public and private care sectors

Categorical Characteristic Number (%) Number (%) attending public clinic n = 126 Number (%) attending private clinic n = 127 P value by Chi Square  
Gender**: Male 97 (39) 29 (23) 68 (54) < 0.01  
Female 154 (61) 97 (77) 57 (46)   
Have hypertension* 144 (72) 71 (72) 73 (73) 0.95  
Have vascular disease 33 (13) 23 (18) 10 (8) 0.01  
On Statin 63 (25) 34 (27) 29 (23) 0.45  
On Biguanide 167 (66) 77(61) 90 (71) 0.10  
On Sulphonylurea 172 (68) 80 (64) 92 (72) 0.13  
On Insulin 54 (21) 35 (28) 19 (15) 0.01  
On Glucosidase 30 (12) 12 (10) 18 (14) 0.25  
On aspirin 39 (15) 20 (16) 19 (15) 0.84  
Continuous Characteristic Number with valid data Mean (SD) Mean attending public clinic Mean attending private clinic P value by t-test
Age (years) 252 64 (12) 65.3 63.3 .17
Weight (kg) 202 82 (21) 76.5 88.2 .00
Clinic visits/yr 251 4.7 (1.7) 5.2 4.3 < .01
Years since first recorded diagnosis 246 9.0 (5.9) 11.4 6.6 < .01
  1. *Only the 199 persons (99 public and 100 private) selected because they were diabetic are included. The 54 persons selected because they had hypertension, but also happened to have diabetes are excluded.
  2. ** For gender, n = 251 (126 public and 125 private)