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Table 5 Age and sex of patients contacting the out-of-hours services, compared with the population of Velsen and the Dutch population.

From: Out-of-hours demand for GP care and emergency services: patients' choices and referrals by general practitioners and ambulance services

  All out-of-hours contacts Population of Velsen* Population of the Netherlands*
  1997–8 2002–3 1997–8 2002–3 1997–8 2002–3
  n % n % n % n % n % n %
Sex             
Male 2975 47.4 2830 47.1 29877 49.1 30627 49.2 7740074 49.4 8015471 49.5
Female 3286 52.4 3168 52.7 31013 50.9 31664 50.8 7914118 50.6 8177101 50.5
Missing 9 <1 8 <1         
Age bands (years)             
0–4 1244 19.8 940 15.7 4251 7.0 4086 6.6 969367 6.2 1022613 6.3
5–14 600 9.6 605 10.1 7247 11.9 8195 13.2 1913563 12.2 1987475 12.3
15–44 2287 36.5 2104 35.0 25353 41.6 24325 39.1 6951802 44.4 6858760 42.4
45–64 967 15.4 1005 16.7 13841 22.7 15360 24.7 3709741 23.7 4103268 25.3
≥65 1172 18.7 1352 22.5 10198 16.7 10325 16.6 2109719 13.5 2220456 13.7
Total 6270 100.0 6006 100.0 60890 100.0 62291 100.0 15654192 100.0 16192572 100.0
  1. *1 January 1998 and 1 January 2003
  2. The data provided represent demographic characteristics of patients contacting the out-of-hours services in the municipality of Velsen (study data), the total population of Velsen (data from the local council of Velsen) and the total Dutch population (data from the Office of National Statistics (CBS)).