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Table 2 Health care use of cancer patients by gender and age group (n=8,703) (mean number 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

  gender age group (year)
  male female ≤ 14 15-29 30-44 45-59 60-74 75+
contacts with general practice 20.0* 19.1* 10.3* 8.9* 12.5* 16.3* 20.4* 25.4*
- face to face consultations 3.6* 3.4* 1.8 1.7 2.7* 3.2* 4.0* 3.5*
- home visits 1.8* 1.5* 0.8 0.1 0.4* 0.9* 1.5* 3.1*
prescriptions 19.5* 18.0* 5.1* 5.5* 8.5* 13.6* 19.7* 27.8*
referrals 0.50* 0.60* 0.27 0.26 0.52* 0.48* 0.60* 0.62*
  1. * health care use of cancer patients is significantly higher compared to the health care use of the gender- and age-matched control group without cancer (figures of the control group not shown; p<0.01).