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Table 3 Healthcare visits and healthcare-related costs per patient with UPS per year

From: Patients with unexplained physical symptoms have poorer quality of life and higher costs than other patient groups: a cross-sectional study on burden

Healthcare service Percentage of patients using the service Mean visits per patient per year Mean costs per patient per year in €1) Percentage of total costs
General practitioner 58.64% 15.57 420.31 13.46%
Medical specialist 38.89% 8.43 584.96 18.73%
Physiotherapist 35.80% 14.12 490.25 15.70%
Alternative health practitioner 22.84% 5.22 248.30 7.95%
Company doctor 18.52% 2.97 80.16 2.57%
Secondary community mental-health service 11.11% 2.41 396.94 12.71%
Private psychiatric/psychotherapeutic practice 11.11% 2.49 211.08 6.76%
Social worker 9.26% 2.01 125.74 4.03%
Psychiatric outpatient clinic 8.64% 1.12 82.64 2.65%
Self-help group 1.85% 0.32 16.26 0.52%
Inpatient hospital care service 0.62% 0.24 100.98 3.23%
Substance-abuse outpatient care service 0.62% 0.08 2.13 0.07%
Day hospital care service 0.00% 0.00 0.00 0.00%
Medication Percentage of patients using medication Mean number different medication per patient Mean costs per patient per year in € 1) Percentage of total costs
Medication 85.19% 2.81 363.17 11.63%
Medication with prescription   2.25   
Medication without prescription   0.56   
Total costs per patient    3122.93 100.00%
  1. 1)Costs are adjusted for base year 2007.