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Table 1 Baseline physician responses on six disease severity questions – overall and by target disease and enrollment site.

From: Physician-estimated disease severity in patients with chronic heart or lung disease: a cross-sectional analysis

Physician global and specific questions regarding severity of patient's disease
  Severity 1 Hospitalization 2 Death 3 Medications 4 Tests 5 Specialists 6
Overall 3.0 28% 15% 97% 84% 50%
Asthma 3.4 20% 9% 98% 65% 24%
CAD/CHF 3.0 31% 17% 98% 96% 78%
COPD 2.8 31% 17% 96% 83% 36%
Public Hospital 3.1 32% 16% 97% 73% 34%
Veterans Hospital 3.0 25% 14% 97% 94% 67%
  1. 1Compared to other patients that you see with <target disease>, how serious is this patient's condition (1 = much worse, ...5 = much better)?
  2. 2What is the chance (to the nearest 10%) that the patient will be hospitalized for <target disease> in the next 2 years?
  3. 3What is the chance (to the nearest 10%) that the patient will die, directly or indirectly due to <target disease>, in the next 2 years?
  4. 4Is this patient on medication(s) for his/her <target disease> (1 = yes, 0 = no)?
  5. 5As far as you know, has the patient had laboratory tests or procedures ordered because of his/her <target disease> (1 = yes, 0 = no)?
  6. 6As far as you know, has this patient seen a specialist for his/her <target disease> (1 = yes, 0 = no)?