Table 3

 Characteristics of family doctors who did not consider it necessary to ask their patients’ permission before providing information to family members

Per centProbability (p value)
Age 46–55 years50<0.001
More than 20 years spent as a doctor41.70.001
Rural work environment40.50.0264
Previous training: other specialties48.90.0324
Number of patients on list: >2000400.007
Number of patients seen daily: >60 patients38.9<0.001
3–4 hours spent seeing patients66.7<0.001
Did not work in a training centre40.90.008
Relatives should be given the information only when the patient is incapable of understanding it62.50.001
Most used reason for informing families: Family ties imply rights which outweigh patients’ privacy500.001