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Table 2 Incidence of different subtypes of dizziness in patients aged 65 or older in family practice (per 1000 person-years; total practice population DNSGP-2 aged 65 or older: N = 50 601 patients)

From: Dizziness reported by elderly patients in family practice: prevalence, incidence, and clinical characteristics

   Vertigo Presyncope Disequilibrium No subtype Subtype unknown Total
65-74
years
Male (95% CI) 5.3 (4.4-6.2) 6.6 (5.5-7.6) 2.3 (1.7-2.9) 14.9 (13.3-16.4) 7.5 (6.4-8.6) 36.6 (34.2-39.0)
  Female (95% CI) 7.4 (6.3-8.5)* 6.7 (5.6-7.7) 2.6 (2.0-3.3) 23.5 (21.6-25.5)* 10.6 (9.3-11.9)* 50.8 (48.0-53.6)*
  Total (95% CI) 6.4 (5.3-7.4) 6.6 (5.6-7.7) 2.5 (1.9-3.1) 19.5 (17.7-21.3) 9.2 (8.0-10.4) 44.2 (41.5-46.8)
75-84
years
Male (95% CI) 3.8 (3.0-4.6) 9.0 (7.8-10.3) 3.5 (2.7-4.3) 23.2 (21.2-25.1) 13.2 (11.7-14.6) 52.7 (49.8-55.5)
  Female (95% CI) 7.1 (6.0-8.1)* 10.0 (8.8-11.3) 4.4 (3.5-5.2) 29.9 (27.7-32.1)* 13.9 (12.4-15.4) 65.3 (62.2-68.5)*
  Total (95% CI) 5.8 (4.8-6.8) 9.7 (8.4-10.9) 4.0 (3.2-4.9) 27.3 (25.2-29.4) 13.6 (12.1-15.1) 60.4 (57.4-63.5)
≥ 85
years
Male (95% CI) 3.8 (3.0-4.5) 12.0 (10.6-13.4) 8.3 (7.1-9.4) 30.0 (27.8-32.2) 15.0 (13.4-16.6) 69.0 (65.8-72.2)
  Female (95% CI) 4.8 (4.0-5.7) 12.1 (10.7-13.5) 5.1 (4.2-6.1) 26.9 (24.9-29.0) 17.2 (15.6-18.9) 66.3 (63.7-69.4)
  Total (95% CI) 4.5 (3.7-5.4) 12.1 (10.7-13.5) 6.0 (5.0-7.0) 27.8 (25.7-29.9) 16.6 (15.0-18.2) 67.0 (63.8-70.2)
Total Male (95% CI) 4.7 (3.8-5.5) 7.7 (6.6-8.8) 3.1 (2.4-3.8) 18.5 (16.8-20.2) 9.8 (8.5-11.0) 43.7 (41.1-46.3)
  Female (95% CI) 7.0 (5.9-8.0)* 8.5 (7.4-9.7) 3.6 (2.8-4.3) 26.3 (24.2-28.3)* 12.6 (11.2-14.0)* 57.9 (54.9-60.9)*
  Total (95% CI) 6.0 (5.0-7.0) 8.2 (7.0-9.3) 3.4 (2.6-4.1) 23.0 (21.1-24.9) 11.4 (10.1-12.8) 51.9 (49.1-54.8)
  1. *: statistically significant difference between men and women (p < 0.001)
  2. DNSGP-2: the Second National Survey of General Practice; CI: confidence interval