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Table 4 Mean number of different physicians contacted per year in the population aged 65 years and more according to degree of morbidity and sex

From: Patterns of ambulatory medical care utilization in elderly patients with special reference to chronic diseases and multimorbidity - Results from a claims data based observational study in Germany

  non-multimorbid sample multimorbid sample
age groups (years) all mean (SD) male mean (SD) female mean (SD) p value all mean (SD) male mean (SD) female mean (SD) p value
65-69 3.5 (2.8) 3.2 (2.6) 3.9 (3.0) p ≤ 0.001 6.0 (3.4) 5.7 (3.2) 6.4 (3.6) p ≤ 0.001
70-74 3.5 (2.7) 3.4 (2.7) 3.6 (2.8) p ≤ 0.001 5.8 (3.3) 5.8 (3.2) 5.9 (3.5) p ≤ 0.001
75-79 3.4 (2.6) 3.5 (2.6) 3.4 (2.7) p = 0.80 5.7 (3.3) 5.9 (3.3) 5.5 (3.3) p ≤ 0.001
≥ 80 3.2 (2.5) 3.4 (2.7) 3.1 (2.3) p ≤ 0.001 5.0 (3.1) 5.5 (3.2) 4.7 (2.9) p ≤ 0.001
All 3.5 (2.7) 3.3 (2.6) 3.7 (2.8) p ≤ 0.001 5.7 (3.3) 5.7 (3.2) 5.8 (3.4) p ≤ 0.001
  1. SD = standard deviation
  2. p = statistical significance of difference between means in women and men.