Table 1

Baseline general practitioner and patient characteristics

Baseline characteristics of GPs by group*
Group A (n1=72)Group B (n2=77)
Age (years), mean (SD); median (IQR)49.9 (11.9); 49.0 (38.0–60.5)43.3 (10.3); 39.0 (35.0–53.0)
Sex: male32 (44.4)30 (39.0)
Baseline characteristics of patients with CVD and MHD by group: intervention and control
Intervention group (phone call)Control group
Patients with CVD, n18341510
Age (years), mean (SD); median (IQR)79.9 (6.9); 80.0 (74.0–85.0)79.8 (7.2); 80.0 (74.0–85.0)
Sex: male1056 (57.6)878 (58.1)
Patients with MHD, n832548
Age (years), mean (SD); median (IQR)53.2 (14.2); 53.0 (44.0–63.0)53.4 (16.1); 54.0 (41.0–64.5)
Sex: male298 (35.8)203 (37.0)
  • Values are numbers (percentages) unless stated otherwise.

  • *Group A: patients with CVD called first; group B: patients with MHD called first.

  • CVD, cardiovascular disease; GP, general practitioner; MHD, mental health disorder.