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Table 4 Health service utilization of the study sample within 6 months

From: Osteoarthritis: quality of life, comorbidities, medication and health service utilization assessed in a large sample of primary care patients

During the last 6 months Gender At least one (%) Mean SD
GP visits ** Male 76.7 4.08 6.29
  Female 86.4 5.61 8.26
Visits to Orthopedic surgeon Male 56.8 1.68 3.17
  Female 58.8 1.88 3.77
Physiotherapy* Male 51.3 5.66 11.52
  Female 60.5 7.26 12.08
X-rays of joint Male 49.1 0.78 3.82
  Female 52.5 0.98 4.15
Intraarticular injections** Male 34.3 1.20 4.38
  Female 30.6 0.89 4.08
Acupuncture* Male 26.8 0.68 2.69
  Female 27.9 1.22 4.53
Visits to Healers Male 22.5 0.21 1.31
  Female 23.5 0.33 3.21
  1. * p < 0.05, ** p < 0.01 in adjusted ANCOVA (age, disease duration, comorbidities)