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Table 5 Patients attending for methadone treatment compared to randomly sampled population matched by practice, age, gender and GMS cover.

From: Chronic illness and multimorbidity among problem drug users: a comparative cross sectional pilot study in primary care

  Patients on methadone Randomly sampled control population Odds ratio (95% confidence interval) Chi squared (p value)
Chronic illness 52/57 40/57 4.4(1.5–13.0) 8.11(< 0.005)
On recurrent medications 39/57 23/57 3.2(1.5–6.9) 9.05(< 0.005)
Attendance with acute illness a 31/57 21/57 2.0(1.0–4.3) 3.54(0.06)
Medication prescribed for acute illness a 25/57 15/57 2.2(1.0–4.8) 3.85(0.05)
Attended GP/healthcare professional at practiceb 45/57 27/57 4.2(1.8–9.5) 12.2(< 0.001)
Referred to/attended secondary care b 27/57 19/57 1.8(0.8–3.8) 2.33(0.13)
Attended practices' out of hours/deputising service b 3/57 5/57 0.6(0.1–2.5) 0.54(0.46)
Has had investigations performed/arranged by practice b 10/57 11/57 0.9(0.3–2.3) 0.06(0.81)
  1. a in previous 3 months; b in the previous 6 months.