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Table 1 Comparison of general practice consultation prevalence rates before and after a postal health-related survey of people aged 50 and over living in the community

From: The influence of completing a health-related questionnaire on primary care consultation behaviour

  May–July 2003a Jan–Mar 2003b May–July 2002 May–July 2004
n (%) of patients consulting
all problems 2162 (64) 2095 (62)
p = 0.05
2116 (62)
p = 0.18
2112 (62)
p = 0.14
musculoskeletal problems 397 (12) 369 (11)
p = 0.25
381 (11)
p = 0.54
381 (11)
p = 0.54
knee problems 123 (4) 90 (3)
p = 0.02
121 (4)
p = 0.94
125 (4)
p = 0.94
No. of consultations (all) per 10000 people 14377 14383 14547 15726
  1. a three months immediately after survey
  2. b three months immediately before survey
  3. p-values are based on McNemar tests and compared consultation in each three month period to the three months after the survey (May–July 2003)