Table 2

Proportion (%) of primary care providers self-reporting frequency of and confidence in assessments

AssessmentIntervention (n=56 baseline and follow-up)Control (n=41 baseline and follow-up)Comparison change intervention/control
Baseline N (%)Follow-up N (%)Per cent change BL to FUBaseline N (%)Follow-up N (%)Per cent change BL to FU
Frequency of often, usually or always assess the risk (for more than 60% of their patients)
 Diet32 (57.1)35 (62.5)5.428 (68.3)26 (63.5)−4.8χ2=1.5, p=0.5
 Physical activity33 (58.9)39 (69.6)10.729 (70.7)29 (70.7)0χ2=1.4, p=0.5
 Smoking status42 (75.0)41 (73.2)−1.835 (85.4)37 (90.2)4.8χ2=0.7, p=0.7
 Alcohol use37 (66.1)37 (66.1)027 (65.9)30 (73.2)7.3χ2=1.0, p=0.6
 Blood pressure55 (98.2)51 (91.1)−7.135 (85.4)28 (92.7)7.3χ2=4.3, p=0.05
 Fasting blood lipids42 (75.0)44 (78.6)3.627 (65.9)29 (70.7)4.8χ2=0.1, p=0.9
 Fasting blood glucose42 (75.0)44 (78.6)3.627 (65.9)29 (68.3)2.4χ2=0.1, p=0.9
 Body mass index28 (50.0)32 (57.1)7.127 (65.9)32 (78.0)12.0χ2=2.3, p=0.1
 Absolute cardiovascular risk*13 (23.2)19 (33.9)10.720 (48.8)13 (31.7)−17.1χ2=6.7, p=0.03
Proportion of providers stating that they were very confident (on a five-point scale of not at all, minimally, somewhat, moderately and very confident)
 Smoking status23 (41.1)32 (57.1)17.519 (46.3)18 (43.9)−2.4χ2=3.1, p=0.08
 Nutrition12 (21.4)17 (30.4)9.013 (31.7)10 (24.4)−7.3χ2=0.9, p=0.3
 Risky drinking18 (32.1)20 (35.7)3.614 (34.1)10 (24.4)−9.7χ2=2.5, p=0.1
 Physical activity17 (30.4)23 (41.1)10.712 (29.3)12 (29.3)0χ2=1.0, p=0.3
 Readiness to change8 (14.3)16 (28.6)14.39 (22.0)5 (12.2)−9.8χ2=5.5, p=0.04
 Absolute cardiovascular risk*16 (28.6)25 (44.6)16.016 (39.0)13 (31.7)−7.3χ2=5.3, p=0.03
  • *Australian 5-year Cardiovascular Risk based on Framingham Risk Equations modified for the Australian Population which take into account smoking status, blood pressure, lipids, age, gender, diabetes status and Aboriginality.37 Bold indicates a statistical significant difference (p<0.05) between the amount of change from baseline to follow up in the intervention compared with the control group.