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Table 5 Use of annual services by chronic patients > 65 years by sex and age groups

From: Chronic diseases in the geriatric population: morbidity and use of primary care services according to risk level

n (%) Total
3292 (100)
Men
1125 (34.2)
Women
2167 (65.8)
p 66–75 years
1409 (42.8)
76–85 years
1239 (37.6)
>  85 years
644 (19.6)
p
Total annual contacts with primary care \( \overline{x} \) (SD) 19.5 (18.2) 19.4 (19.8) 19.5 (17.4) 0.1 14.5 (13.9) 22.3 (20.3) 25.2 (19.6) < 0.01
Type of contact
 Medical 16.8 (16.2) 16.6 (17.9) 16.9 (15.29) 0.03 12.7 (12.3) 19.2 (18.4) 21.3 (17.2) < 0.01
 Administrative 1.5 (4.5) 1.8 (5) 1.4 (4.2) 0.4 0.9 (3.3) 1.8 (4.8) 2.5 (5.7) < 0.01
 Laboratory 1.1 (1.6) 1 (1.5) 1.2 (1.7) 0.04 1 (1.3) 1.2 (1.8) 1.3 (2) 0.01
Form of contact
 Face-to-face 17 (14.6) 17.3 (15.8) 16.9 (13.9) 0.7 13.7 (12.6) 19.7 (16) 19.1 (14.4) < 0.01
 Telephone 0.8 (3.5) 0.6 (2.3) 0.9 (4) < 0.01 0.3 (2) 0.9 (4.3) 1.7 (4.1) < 0.01
 Home 1.7 (6.5) 1.6 (7.9) 1.7 (5.5) < 0.01 0.4 (3.1) 0.9 (4.3) 1.7 (4.1) < 0.01
Professional contacted
 Family physician 9.7 (8.1) 9.2 (7.2) 9.9 (8) 0.04 7.6 (6.5) 10.9 (8.7) 11.8 (8.9) < 0.01
 Nurse 6.5 (9.9) 6.8 (12.6) 6.3 (8.2) 0.6 4.3 (6.5) 7.6 (12.3) 8.9 (10) < 0.01
 Dentist 0.03 (0.3) 0.03 (0.3) 0.03 (0.3) 0.8 0.04 (0.3) 0.03 (0.3) 0.01 (0.1) 0.05
 Physiotherapist 0.4 (2.5) 0.3 (2) 0.5 (2.7) 0.2 0.6 (2.8) 0.4 (2.4) 0.2 (2) < 0.01
 Social worker 0.2 (0.9) 0.1 (0.9) 0.2 (0.9) 0.1 0.1 (0.6) 0.2 (1.1) 0.3 (1.3) < 0.01