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Hospital investigation of men and women treated for angina

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 17 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1576
  1. Ian Spencer, head of primary care developmenta,
  2. Nigel Unwin, Barclay lecturer in epidemiologyb,
  3. Gordon Pledger, consultant in public health medicinea
  1. a Newcastle and North Tyneside Health Authority, Newcastle upon Tyne
  2. b Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health, University of newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle NE2 4HH
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Unwin.
  • Accepted 17 February 1995

Recent studies suggest that women suffering a myocardial infarction and those discharged from hospital with a diagnosis of coronary heart disease receive poorer treatment than men.1 2 We looked at cases of treated angina in two general practices in Newcastle upon Tyne. We hypothesised that women with angina were less likely to be referred for hospital investigation than men.

Patients, methods, and results

All men and women aged 20 to 74 years in two general practices, who were receiving repeat prescriptions for antianginal drugs (nitrates, ß blockers, or calcium antagonists) were identified. One practice is in the most affluent ward of Newcastle (list size 10000) and the other in one of the most deprived wards (list size 11500). Patients were sent questionnaires, which included (a) questions on personal details such as occupation, (b) the Rose angina questionnaire,3 (c) …

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