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Table 1 Health care use of cancer patients (n=8,703) compared to matched controls (n=8,672) (mean number and standard error of the mean (SEm) of contacts, prescriptions and referrals per patient in a year)

From: Excess of health care use in general practice and of comorbid chronic conditions in cancer patients compared to controls

  cancer patients (mean and (SEm)) patients without cancer (mean and (SEm))
contacts with general practice 19.5 (.2)* 11.9 (.1)
- face to face consultations 3.5 (.05)* 2.7 (.04)
- home visits 1.6 (.06)* .40 (.02)
prescriptions 18.7 (.2)* 11.6 (.2)
referrals 0.56 (.1)* 0.42 (.1)
  1. * difference between cancer patients and patients without cancer: p<0.01.