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Table 2 Utilization of health care services of overall sample according to the different age groups

From: Evaluation of the use of health care services for non-communicable disease and prevention by children and adolescents in south Italy

  Total 5–10 years 11–14 years 15–18 years
(n = 891) (n = 231) (n = 353) (n = 307)
N % N % N % N %
Utilization of the general practitioner/family pediatrician 608 68.2 186 80.5 235 66.6 187 60.9
Medical specialist’s visits in the last year 590 66.2 137 59.3 247 69.9 206 67.1
 Ophthalmologya 405 68.6 90 65.7 176 71.3 139 67.5
 Dermatologya 179 30.3 36 26.3 70 28.4 73 35.4
 Ortopedica 158 26.8 35 25.5 71 28.7 52 25.2
 Otolaryngologya 122 20.6 48 35.1 46 18.6 32 15.7
Preventive care visits in the last year 488 54.8 133 57.6 211 59.8 144 46.9
 Ophthalmologyb 337 69.1 76 57.1 151 71.6 110 76.4
 Ortopedicb 74 15.2 15 11.3 38 18.1 17 11.8
 Otolaryngologyb 64 13.1 25 18.8 28 13.3 11 7.6
 Dermatologyb 51 10.5 9 6.8 22 10.4 20 13.9
Dental visits in the last year 540 60.6 132 57.1 226 64.1 182 59.3
Preventive care dental visits in the last year 72 8.1 8 3.5 21 5.9 43 14.1
Emergency department visits in the last year 114 12.8 32 13.9 38 10.8 44 14.3
Hospitalizations in the last year 42 4.7 10 4.3 15 4.2 17 5.5
  1. aOnly for children who have at last one specialist visit in the last year (n = 590)
  2. bOnly for children who have at last one preventive care visit in the last year (n = 488)