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Table 2 Mean resource use (in number of contacts unless stated otherwise) per patient over 12 months, n=234

From: Empirical analysis shows reduced cost data collection may be an efficient method in economic clinical trials

Resource category Overall means (SD) Resource use (%) Means of patients using services (SD)
Direct healthcare
 General practitioner 13.26 (22.46) 99.37 13.32 (11.45)
 Internist 2.16 (2.87) 67.95 3.18 (2.89)
 Orthopaedist 1.40 (3.03) 33.33 4.21 (3.99)
 Neurologist 0.28 (0.85) 12.38 1.83 (1.36)
 Ophthalmologist 1.46 (2.79) 47.15 3.16 (3.39)
 Otolaryngologist 0.41 (1.18) 19.66 2.07 (1.94)
 Gynaecologist 0.15 (0.58) 9.40 1.64 (1.09)
 Dermatologist 1.09 (3.40) 28.63 3.81 (5.51)
 Urologist 0.49 (1.38) 18.38 2.67 (2.16)
 Other 0.35 (1.33) 14.10 2.49 (2.72)
  Sum of physicians 21.06 (14.60) 99.37 21.15 (14.56)
 Physiotherapist 5.03 (11.82) 32.05 15.71 (16.44)
 Ambulatory clinic in hospital 0.89 (2.75) 32.48 2.74 (4.28)
 Inpatient care in stays 0.85 (1.32) 44.87 1.90 (1.37)
 Inpatient care/hospital in days (without intensive care unit) 7.89 (16.56) 44.87 17.59 (21.02)
 Inpatient care/intensive care unit in days 0.51 (1.74) 14.10 3.64 (3.23)
 Inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation in days 13.86 (13.06) 59.40 23.33 (8.09)
 Drugs in numbers of medication taken at the same time 6.99 (2.15) 100.00 6.99 (2.15)
Direct non-healthcare
 Outpatient nursing service in hours 5.14 (20.98) 7.69 66.81 (40.90)
 Paid household help in hours 26.65 (156.40) 10.68 249.48 (423.74)
 Informal care (%)      
   without care level    92.74   
   Care level one    5.89   
   Care level two    1.28   
   Care level three    0