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Table 2 Characteristics of the patients according to the use of medical healthcare resources

From: Medical healthcare use in Parkinson's disease: survey in a cohort of ambulatory patients in Italy

  Hospital admissions ER admissions Specialist visits GP visits P
resources used, n 29 31 74 42  
patients, n (%) 25 (19.2) 29 (22.3) 54 (41.5) 35 (26.9)  
resources/patient, mean (range) 1.2 (1–3) 1.1 (1–2) 1.4 (1–3) 1.2 (1–3)  
patient characteristics      
age (years) 71.0 ± 9.4 (45–86) 68.1 ± 9.0 (47–83) 68.6 ± 9.1 (45–85) 72.9 ± 7.7 (54–85) Ns
age at onset of PD (years) 64.3 ± 9.4 (40–84) 58.7 ± 7.3* (42–72) 62.0 ± 8.6 (40–80) 64.1 ± 7.5 (50–78) 0.037
PD duration (years) 6.7 ± 3.5 (2–20) 9.4 ± 3.8# (2–20) 6.6 ± 3.7 (1–24) 8.8 ± 4.6 (1–24) 0.004
H&Y stage 2.8 ± 0.9 (I-IV) 3.0 ± 1.0 (I-IV) 2.5 ± 1.0 (I-IV) 3.0 ± 1.0 (I-IV) Ns
  1. Data are means ± SD (min-max), unless otherwise indicated.
  2. * = P < 0.05 vs GP visits; # = P < 0.05 vs specialist visits.