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Table 2 Distribution of common patients’ reasons for encounter

From: Health profiles of foreigners attending primary care clinics in Malaysia

  Overall Public clinics Private clinics  
Reasons for encounter (RFEs) n Percentage n Percentage n Percentage P-value*
Symptom 11,297 69.5 606 41.3 10,691 72.3 0.0004
 Fever 1941 11.9 97 6.6 1844 12.5 0.0192
 Cough 1869 11.5 122 8.3 1747 11.8 0.1563
 Abdominal pain 896 5.5 36 2.4 860 5.8 0.0066
 Musculoskeletal symptoms 524 3.2 67 4.6 457 3.1 0.3262
 Back problems 412 2.5 - - 412 2.8 -
Follow-up 1209 7.4 300 20.4 909 6.1 0.0010
 Hypertension 297 1.8 77 5.3 220 1.5 0.0070
 Diabetes mellitus 251 1.5 76 5.2 175 1.2 0.0061
 Asthma 128 0.8 6 0.4 122 0.8 0.4919
 Lipid disorder 73 0.4 36 2.4 37 0.2 0.0069
 Osteoarthritis 65 0.4 - - 65 0.4 -
Procedure/administrative 3744 23.0 562 38.3 3182 21.5 0.0416
 General medical examination 1262 7.8 23 1.6 1239 8.4 0.0020
 Diagnostic radiology/imaging 908 5.6 51 3.5 858 5.8 0.3871
 Antenatal check-up 670 4.1 426 29.0 244 1.7 <0.0001
 Blood test/investigation 311 1.9 21 1.4 290 2.0 0.6979
 Dressing 276 1.7 24 1.7 252 1.7 0.9651
Total RFEs 16,250 100 1468 100 14,782 100  
  1. Note: General medical examination - include routine medical check-up, pre-employment & pre-university check-up
  2. *Chi-square test for differences between public and private clinics, P-value < 0.05 considered as significant