JAMES P. PATTON, M.D.
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To the editor: In their article on sex bias and coronary bypass surgery, Tobin and associates (1) found that men with abnormal nuclear scans were ten times as likely to undergo catheterization as women.
In their original study of medical decision making, which used the same patients (2), the authors described the 513 patients with complete information. The patient characteristics in the two papers are markedly different, with large numbers of inpatients with congestive heart failure having undergone resting nuclear scans in the original study. I was unable to reconcile these differences.
The regression model in Table 6 strives to
PATTON JP. Sex Bias and Coronary Bypass Surgery. Ann Intern Med. ;108:149–150. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-108-1-149
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;108(1):149-150.
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