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Table 2 Patterns of utilization of specialist disciplines in incident and control group over the two-year observation period*

From: Specialist involvement and referral patterns in ambulatory medical care for patients with dementia in Germany: results of a claims data based case-control study

   Neuropsychiatry pattern percentages Radiology pattern percentages Laboratory medicine pattern percentages
Pattern number Pattern description incident group control group incident group control group incident group control group
1 Contacts over 3 or 4 quarters in quarters 5 to 8 54.9 26.3 2.9 5.0 14.5 16.9
2 Contact in only 1 quarter in quarters 5 to 8 23.1 55.2 79.8 78.0 59.5 61.2
3 Two contacts or more in quarters 1 to 4 35.6 41.6 22.8 23.6 37.0 39.9
4 Two contacts or more in quarters 1 to 4 and in quarters 5 to 8 24.7 9.4 2.0 2.7 10.6 12.0
  1. * Numbers refer to patients with at least one contact with a specific discipline
  2. Quarters 1 - 4 = quarters before incidence/diagnosis quarter; quarter 5 = incidence/diagnosis quarter, quarters 6 - 8 = quarters after incidence/diagnosis quarter