Table 1

Presenting characteristics of patients; values are number (%) except where stated otherwise

Control armIntervention armTotal
GP, general practitioner; NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
*Care during the first three months after identification of the anaemia: GP alone = all treatment and investigations managed by GP; shared = GP care with non-urgent referral to hospital; hospital = urgent/immediate admission and outpatient care.
Number of practices334679
Number of GPs111131242
Number of patients204227431
Sex distribution
    Men73 (36)81 (36)154 (36)
    Women131 (64)146 (64)277 (64)
Age group (years)
    <5011 (5)9 (4)20 (5)
    50–6967 (33)62 (27)129 (30)
    70–7971 (35)89 (39)160 (37)
    80–8948 (24)56 (24)104 (24)
    >907 (3)11 (5)18 (4)
Severity of anaemia (haemoglobin)
    Mild (≥90 g/l)104 (51)127 (56)231 (54)
    Moderate (70–89 g/l)67 (33)72 (32)139 (32)
    Severe (≤69 g/l)33 (16)28 (12)61 (14)
On aspirin42 (21)39 (17)81 (19)
On NSAIDS29 (14)37 (16)66 (15)
Management*
    GP alone102 (50)123 (54)225 (52)
    Shared82 (40)93 (41)175 (41)
    Hospital20 (10)11 (5)31 (7)