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Table 4 Health care utilization 6, 12 and 18 months prior to and 6, 12 and 18 months after participation in a tele-CDSMP stratified by age

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

  Mean (SD) health care utilization visits
Variable Previous 6 months Post 6 months Previous 12 months Post 12 months Previous 18 months Post 18 Months
All Physician visits       
<= 66 4.8 (3.7) 5.3 (4.1) 9.2 (6.0) 10.2 (7.2) 12.9 (8.4) 14.8 (9.7)
> 66 4.9 (4.5) 4.6 (3.8) 9.4 (7.7) 9.1 (6.7) 14.1 (10.5) 13.3 (9.8)
GP/FP visits       
<= 66 3.1 (2.7) 3.3 (2.6) 6.1 (4.8) 6.5 (5.2) 8.9 (7.0) 9.6 (7.4)
> 66 3.5 (3.3) 3.1 (2.5) 6.8 (5.5) 6.2 (5.0) 9.9 (7.3) 8.9 (7.1)
Specialist visits       
<= 66 1.7 (2.0) 2.0 (2.5) 3.1 (3.2) 3.6 (3.6) 4.1 (3.8) 5.2 (4.8)
>66 1.3 (2.1) 1.5 (2.3) 2.5 (3.5) 2.9 (3.3) 4.1 (5.2) 4.3 (4.8)
ED visits       
<= 66 0.9 (1.9) 1.3 (2.1) 2.0 (3.3) 2.2 (3.2) 3.2 (5.0) 3.4 (4.7)
> 66 1.7 (3.7) 0.8 (1.6) 2.3 (3.7) 1.7 (2.3) 3.1 (4.8) 2.9 (4.2)
Hospitalizations       
<= 66 0.1 (0.5) 0.2 (0.4) 0.1 (0.5) 0.3 (0.6) 0.2 (0.5) 0.4 (0.7)
> 66 0.1 (0.4) 0.1 (0.4) 0.2 (0.5) 0.3 (0.8) 0.3 (0.5) 0.4 (0.9)