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Table 1 Selected sociodemographic and health service use characteristics, by regularity quintile

From: The association between general practitioner regularity of care and ‘high use’ hospitalisation

  Regularity quintilea  
Lowest Low Moderate High Highest < 3 GP visits
0.002 0.008 0.008 0.010 0.010 0.011 0.011 0.013 0.013 1.000    Total
n %b n %b n %b n %b n %b n %b n %b
Sex
 Female 25,826 51.8 26,658 55.5 26,534 56.4 26,700 57.2 26,893 55.3 5356 40.4 137,967 54.4
 Male 24,025 48.2 21,357 44.5 20,514 43.6 19,977 42.8 21,766 44.7 7894 59.6 115,533 45.6
Death during follow up
 No 46,782 93.8 44,609 92.9 43,194 91.8 42,421 90.9 44,005 90.4 12,149 91.7 233,160 92.0
 Yes 3069 6.2 3406 7.1 3854 8.2 4256 9.1 4654 9.6 1101 8.3 20,340 8.0
  Regularity quintile Total
Lowest Low Moderate High Highest < 3 GP visits
Median IQR Median IQR Median IQR Median IQR Median IQR Median IQR Median IQR
Baseline age 59 53–67 61 54–70 63 55–71 64 56–73 63 56–72 57 52–66 62 54.5–70.5
Rx Risk (1 year prior to start of follow-up) 0 0–1 1 0–2 1 0–3 1 0–3 1 0–3 0 0–0 1 0–2
Rx Risk (5 years prior to start of follow-up) 0 0–2 1 0–2 1 0–3 1 0–3 1 0–3 0 0–0 1 0–3
Frequency of GP contact 16 9–26 18 11–29 18 11–29 17 11–28 13 8–23 1 0–2 16 9–26
UPC Index in baseline time period 0.60 0–43 - 0.80 0.62 0.44–0.80 0.65 0.47–0.82 0.67 0.50–0.84 0.74 0.53–0.88 0.00 0.00–0.00 0.64 0.44–0.82
MMCI in baseline time period 0.78 0.63–0.89 0.80 0.67–0.89 0.81 0.68–0.89 0.82 0.69–0.90 0.83 0.68–0.92 0.00 0.00–0.00 0.80 0.63–0.89
Number of specialist physician contacts 4 0–9 5 0–11 5 1–12 6 1–13 4 0–11 0 0–2 4 0–11
Days out of hospital 1460 1457 – 1461 1460 1457 – 1461 1460 1456 – 1461 1460 1456 – 1461 1460 1457 – 1461 1461 1459–1461 1460 1457 – 1461
  n %c n %c n %c n %c n %c n %c n %c
Total (%)c 49,851 19.7 48,015 18.9 47,048 18.6 46,677 18.4 48,659 19.2 13,250 5.2 253,500 100.0
  1. aRegularity score range indicated below each regularity quintile
  2. b Percentage within each variable
  3. c Percentage of the whole cohort
  4. Note that comorbidity at 1 and 5 years, number of chronic disease management GP contacts and number of mental health management plan GP contacts were omitted from the table due to median values of ‘0’ (with non ‘0’ mean values)
  5. GP general practitioner, IQR interquartile range, MMCI modified modified continuity index, Rx Risk prescription medication-based comorbidity, UPC Usual Provider of Care