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Table 1 Description of Elderly Patients in the Veterans Health Administration in FY2000

From: Psychiatric and medical admissions observed among elderly patients with new-onset epilepsy

Characteristic TIGER Cohort with New-Onset Epilepsy Non-Epilepsy Patients Total Sample
Number of patients 1,610 822,873 824,483
  N (%) or Mean (SD) N (%) or Mean (SD) N (%) or Mean (SD)
Age    
   65-74 Years 850 (53%) 448,274 (54%) 449,124 (54%)
   75-84 Years 706 (44%) 345,985 (42%) 346,691(42%)
   85 or older 54 (3%) 28,614 (3%) 28,668 (3%)
Ethnicity/Race    
   Hispanic 83 (5%) 44,612 (5%) 44,695 (5%)
   African-American 323 (20%) 94,669 (12%) 94,992 (12%)
   Anglo 1,204 (75%) 683,592 (83%) 684,796 (83%)
Gender    
   Women 24 (1.5%) 16,790 (2%) 16,814 (2%)
   Men 1,586 (98.5%) 806,083 (98%) 807,669 (98%)
Neurological conditions, other 150 (9%) 32,114 (4%) 32,264 (4%)
Cerebrovascular disease 639 (40%) 136,306 (17%) 136,945 (17%)
Dementia 284 (18%) 60,588 (7%) 60,872 (7%)
Brain tumor 27 (2%) 5,306 (1%) 5,333 (1%)
Head injury 25 (2%) 3,565 (<1%) 3,590 (<1%)
Any psychiatric condition 801 (50%) 199,480 (24%) 200,281 (24%)
   Anxiety 152 (9%) 43,292 (5%) 43,444 (5%)
   Depression 280 (17%) 71,623 (9%) 71,903 (9%)
   Post-traumatic stress disorder 77 (5%) 22,382 (3%) 22,459 (3%)
   Bipolar disorder 47 (3%) 9,729 (1%) 9,776 (1%)
   Schizophrenia 80 (5%) 15,954 (2%) 16,034 (2%)
   Alcohol dependence 104 (6%) 16,922 (2%) 17,026 (2%)
   Substance abuse 211 (13%) 55,554 (7%) 55,765 (7%)
Hypertension 1,147 (71%) 510,382 (62%) 511,529 (62%)
Dyslipidemia 449 (28%) 265,785 (32%) 266,234 (32%)
Diabetes 497 (31%) 221,810 (27%) 222,307 (27%)
FY00 psychiatric admission 91 (6%) 7,739 (1%) 7,830 (1%)
FY00 medical admission 809 (50%) 115,548 (14%) 116,357 (14%)
FY00 epilepsy-related admission (a subset of medical admissions) 263 (16%) 4 (<1%) 267 (<1%)