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Table 4 Rate ratios (95% CI) of GP consultations, tests, prescriptions and referrals from 10 years before until 10 years after a first recorded diagnosis of CFS/ME in adult cases compared with controls by sex

From: Health care resource use by patients before and after a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME): a clinical practice research datalink study

  Year −10 to −6 Year −5 to −1 Year 0 Year 1 to 5 Year 6 to 10
  Year −10 to −6 Year −5 to −1 Year 0 Year 1 to 5 Year 6 to 10
GP consultations
 Female 1.47 (1.45, 1.49) 1.70 (1.69, 1.71) 2.35 (2.31, 2.38) 1.68 (1.66, 1.69) 1.52 (1.50, 1.54)
 Male 1.56 (1.53, 1.60) 1.99 (1.96, 2.02) 2.98 (2.90, 3.07) 1.95 (1.92, 1.99) 1.69 (1.65, 1.74)
Diagnostic tests
 Female 1.60 (1.58, 1.62) 2.01 (2.00, 2.02) 2.87 (2.85, 2.90) 1.58 (1.57, 1.59) 1.51 (1.50, 1.52)
 Male 1.61 (1.58, 1.65) 2.39 (2.37, 2.42) 3.56 (3.50, 3.61) 1.80 (1.79, 1.82) 1.49 (1.47, 1.51)
Prescriptions
 Female 1.63 (1.61, 1.65) 1.87 (1.85, 1.89) 2.30 (2.26, 2.34) 1.93 (1.91, 1.95) 1.79 (1.77, 1.82)
 Male 1.55 (1.51, 1.60) 2.07 (2.03, 2.11) 2.56 (2.47, 2.65) 2.07 (2.03, 2.11) 2.08 (2.03, 2.14)
Referrals
 Female 1.49 (1.44, 1.54) 1.95 (1.90, 2.00) 3.34 (3.18, 3.50) 1.95 (1.89, 2.00) 1.78 (1.71, 1.86)
 Male 1.77 (1.65, 1.90) 2.30 (2.18, 2.41) 4.32 (3.93, 4.73) 2.18 (2.07, 2.30) 1.80 (1.67, 1.95)