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Table 3 Quarter of first contact and course patterns of incident patients visiting an NP (n = 831) and/or a radiologist (n = 538) during the incidence year

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

  Row nr. Quarter 5 Quarter 6 Quarter 7 Quarter 8
Course patterns for neuropsychiatry 1 612 (100%) 486 (79%) 405 (66%) 352 (58%)
  2   100 (100%) 61 (61%) 51 (51%)
  3    72 (100%) 37 (51%)
  4     47 (100%)
Course patterns forradiology 5 275 (100%) 39 (14%) 6 (2%) 3 (1%)
  6   126 (100%) 10 (8%) 3 (2%)
  7    71 (100%) 9 (13%)
  8     66 (100%)
  1. Quarters 1 - 4 = quarters before incidence/diagnosis quarter; quarter 5 = incidence/diagnosis quarter, quarters 6 - 8 = quarters after incidence/diagnosis quarter
  2. Reading example for NP: 831 incident patients visited an NP for the first time in single quarters of the incidence year [612 in IQ 5 (incidence quarter), 100 in IQ 6, 72 in IQ 7 and 47 in IQ 8]. These first-time-visit groups (all set at 100%) are followed during the next quarters: among the 612 patients of Q 5, 79% see an NP again during Q 6 (and 21% drop out), 66% also in Q 7, and 58% also in Q 8. Of the 100 first-time visitors in Q 6, 61% see an NP again during the next quarter (IQ 7) etc.