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Table 5 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 Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) quintiles

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
GP consultations
 Top 3 quintiles 1.58 (1.55, 1.60) 1.75 (1.73, 1.77) 2.52 (2.47, 2.57) 1.75 (1.73, 1.76) 1.52 (1.50, 1.55)
 Bottom 2 quintiles 1.40 (1.37, 1.43) 1.77 (1.75, 1.80) 2.49 (2.42, 2.56) 1.78 (1.76, 1.81) 1.70 (1.66, 1.75)
Diagnostic tests
 Top 3 quintiles 1.78 (1.76, 1.81) 2.20 (2.19, 2.22) 3.30 (3.27, 3.34) 1.69 (1.68, 1.70) 1.48 (1.46, 1.49)
 Bottom 2 quintiles 1.39 (1.37, 1.42) 2.02 (2.00, 2.03) 2.80 (2.76, 2.84) 1.69 (1.68, 1.71) 1.68 (1.66, 1.71)
Prescriptions
 Top 3 quintiles 1.81 (1.78, 1.85) 1.92 (1.89, 1.94) 2.43 (2.38, 2.49) 2.00 (1.97, 2.02) 1.90 (1.86, 1.93)
 Bottom 2 quintiles 1.50 (1.47, 1.53) 1.85 (1.82, 1.88) 2.23 (2.16, 2.30) 1.93 (1.90, 1.96) 2.07 (2.01, 2.13)
Referrals
 Top 3 quintiles 1.59 (1.52, 1.66) 2.02 (1.95, 2.09) 3.64 (3.43, 3.86) 2.03 (1.97, 2.10) 1.78 (1.69, 1.87)
 Bottom 2 quintiles 1.45 (1.38, 1.53) 1.97 (1.88, 2.05) 3.53 (3.25, 3.84) 1.95 (1.86, 2.05) 1.84 (1.69, 1.99)