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Table 5 Health care use of cancer patients and patients without cancer by the presence of a comorbid chronic condition (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

  No chronic condition One or more chronic conditions
  cancer patients (n=4,190) patients without cancer (n=4,816) cancer patients (n=4,513) patients without cancer (n=3,856)
contacts per year 14.4* 7.1 24.3* 18.0
- face to face consultations per year 2.6* 1.8 4.3* 4.0
- home visits per year 1.3* 0.2 2.0* 0.7
prescriptions per year 12.0* 5.6 24.9* 19.1
referrals per year 0.4* 0.2 0.7* 0.6
  1. * difference between cancer patients and patients without cancer : p<0.01.