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Table 2 Top Ten of documented chronic and acute diagnosis in patients > 65 years (n = 1241)

From: Why do family doctors prescribe potentially inappropriate medication to elderly patients?

Chronic diagnosis Absolute frequency Relative frequency Acute diagnosis Absolute frequency Relative frequency
I10 Essential hypertension 1076 84.0 M54 Dorsalgia 38 5.4
E78 Dyslipidemia 632 49.3 J06 Acute upper respiratory infections 35 5.0
E11 Diabetes mellitus type 2 503 39.3 N39 Other disorders of urinary system 23 3.3
I25 Chronic ischaemic heart disease 422 32.9 R10 Abdominal and pelvic pain 22 3.1
M81 Osteoporosis 209 16.3 R21 Rash and other nonspecific skin eruption 22 3.1
I83 Varicosis of lower extremities 193 15.1 M53 Other dorsopathies, not elsewhere classified 21 3.0
I48 Atrial flutter/fibrillation 193 15.1 F43 Reaction to severe stress 21 3.0
Z92 long-term (current) use of anticoagulants 183 14.3 M25 Other joint disorders, not elsewhere classified 19 2.7
M17 Gonarthrosis 182 14.2 G47 Sleep disorders 15 2.1
E79 Disorders of purine and pyrimidine metabolism 163 12.7 F32 Depressive episode 14 2.0