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Table 3 Incidence rate ratios for three-monthly use of general practice, diagnostic investigations and hospital services

From: Use of general practice, diagnostic investigations and hospital services before and after cancer diagnosis - a population-based nationwide registry study of 127,000 incident adult cancer patients

   Women Men
Months from diagnosis Services IRR 95% CI IRR 95% CI
−12 to −10 GP 1.07 1.06-1.09 1.13 1.12-1.15
Diagnostics 1.24 1.20-1.28 1.37 1.32-1.42
Hospital 1.21 1.18-1.25 1.31 1.28-1.35
−9 to −7 GP 1.10 1.09-1.11 1.17 1.16-1.19
Diagnostics 1.32 1.28-1.36 1.51 1.46-1.56
Hospital 1.24 1.21-1.28 1.38 1.35-1.42
−6 to −4 GP 1.20 1.19-1.21 1.34 1.33-1.36
Diagnostics 1.66 1.61-1.71 2.08 2.02-2.15
Hospital 1.39 1.35-1.43 1.64 1.60-1.68
−3 to −1 GP 1.97 1.96-1.99 2.38 2.36-2.39
Diagnostics 9.61 9.47-9.76 10.86 10.69-11.03
Hospital 5.27 5.20-5.34 5.16 5.09-5.23
1 to 3 GP 2.12 2.10-2.14 2.54 2.51-2.56
Diagnostics 24.49 24.11-24.87 29.20 28.73-29.67
Hospital 19.91 19.68-20.14 14.91 14.73-15.10
4 to 6 GP 1.67 1.65-1.69 2.05 2.02-2.07
Diagnostics 6.25 6.12-6.38 8.46 8.29-8.64
Hospital 15.11 14.89-15.34 12.08 11.90-12.27
7 to 9 GP 1.50 1.48-1.52 1.84 1.81-1.86
Diagnostics 4.88 4.77-4.99 6.42 6.27-6.57
Hospital 9.98 9.80-10.16 7.86 7.72-8.00
10 to 12 GP 1.43 1.41-1.45 1.73 1.70-1.75
Diagnostics 4.37 4.27-4.48 5.49 5.35-5.63
Hospital 5.29 5.19-5.40 5.82 5.71-5.94
  1. Notes: IRR: Incidence rate ratio.
  2. 95% CI: 95% Confidence interval.
  3. GP: Face-to-face contacts with GPs in both daytime and out-of-hours.
  4. Diagnostics: Diagnostic investigations including radiological investigations, ultrasound, endoscopies and biopsies.
  5. Hospital: Admissions and outpatient visits.
  6. n (women) = 63,362 cancer patients and 633,620 controls.
  7. n (men) = 63,848 cancer patients and 638,480 controls.