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Table 2 Health care utilization 6, 12 and 18 months prior to and 6, 12 and 18 months after participation in a tele-CDSMP, as measured by administrative data

From: Impact of a chronic disease self-management program on health care utilization in rural communities: a retrospective cohort study using linked administrative data

  Health care utilization visits overall sample
Type of visit Previous 6 months Post 6 months Previous 12 months Post 12 months Previous 18 months Post 18 months
All physician       
Mean (SD) 4.8 (4.1) 4.9 (3.9) 9.3 (6.9) 9.7 (6.9) 13.5 (9.5) 14.1 (9.7)
Median (IQR) 4 (2–7) 4 (2–7) 8 (5–12) 8 (5–13) 12 (8–18) 12 (8–18)
General practitioner       
Mean (SD) 3.3 (3.0) 3.2 (2.6) 6.5 (5.1) 6.4 (5.1) 9.4 (7.1) 9.3 (7.2)
Median (IQR) 3 (1–5) 3 (1–4) 5 (3–9) 6 (3–8) 8 (5–11) 8 (5–12)
Specialist       
Mean (SD) 1.5 (2.0) 1.7 (2.4) 2.8 (3.3) 3.3 (3.5) 4.1 (4.6) 4.8 (4.8)
Median (IQR) 1 (0–2) 1 (0–3) 2 (1–4) 2 (1–5) 3 (1–5) 3 (1–7)
Emergency       
Mean (SD) 1.3 (2.9) 1.0 (1.7) 2.2 (3.5) 2.0 (2.8) 3.2 (4.9) 3.1 (4.4)
Median (IQR) 0 (0–2) 0 (0–1) 1 (0–3) 1 (0–3) 2 (0–4) 1 (0–5)
Hospitalizations       
Mean (SD) 0.1 (0.4) 0.2 (0.4) 0.1 (0.5) 0.3 (0.7) 0.3 (0.5) 0.4 (0.8)
Median (IQR) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–0) 0 (0–0)