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Table 3 GP/specialist/allied health consultations in the 2 years preceding first IHD admission in Aboriginal versus non-Aboriginal patients

From: Patterns of Medicare-funded primary health and specialist consultations in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians in the two years before hospitalisation for ischaemic heart disease

  All Age group less than 55 years
Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal p-value Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal p-value
1. Total MBS items, n (%) 47,047 (3.5) 1,301,191 (96.5)   27,805 (59.1) 228,849 (17.6)  
▪ Professional consults of total items, n (%) 30,926 (65.7) 773,278 (59.4) < 0.001 18,482 (66.5) 133,607 (58.4) < 0.001
▪ Non-professional consults of total items, n(%) 16,121 (34.3) 527,913 (40.6)   9323 (33.5) 95,242 (41.6)  
2. Types of consults or services of total items, n (%)
▪ Total GP records (of total MBS items) 28,392 (60.4) 569,763 (43.8) < 0.001 17,222 (61.9) 100,581 (44.0) < 0.001
▪ Total specialist records (of total MBS items) 2443 (5.2) 204,002 (15.7)   1207 (4.3) 33,142 (14.5)  
▪ Allied health services (of total MBS records) 134 (0.3) 4074 (0.3)   68 (0.2) 740 (0.3)  
▪ Other MBS services -pathology 14,127 (30.0) 439,202 (33.7)   8174 (29.4) 78,754 (34.4)  
▪ Other services 1951 (4.1) 84,150 (6.5)   1134 (4.2) 15,632 (6.8)  
Mean # MBS items per day per patient (note pts. can have two consults/day) 1.8 ± 1.2 2.0 ± 1.6 < 0.001 1.8 ± 1.2 1.9 ± 1.6 < 0.001
3. Types of professional consults, n(%) 30,926 (65.7) 773,278 (59.4) < 0.001 18,482 (66.5) 133,607 (58.4) < 0.001
▪ Number of GP consults 28,392 (91.8) 569,763 (73.7) < 0.001 17,222 (93.2) 100,581 (75.3) < 0.001
▪ Number of specialist consults 2443 (7.9) 204,002 (26.4) < 0.001 1207 (6.5) 33,142 (24.8) < 0.001
▪ Number allied health consults 134 (0.4) 4074 (0.5) 0.025 68 (0.4) 740 (0.5) 0.001
Sub-total of professional consults 30,926 773,278 < 0.001 18,482 133,607 < 0.001
GP consult category, n (%)
▪ GP consult (short-prolonged) category unspecified 8319 (29.3) 160,511 (28.2) < 0.001 5063 (29.4) 19,926 (19.8) < 0.001
▪ Short 492 (1.7) 6185 (1.1)   280 (1.6) 1048 (1.0)  
▪ Standard 15,039 (53.0) 336,162 (59.0)   9104 (52.9) 65,965 (65.6)  
▪ Long 4087 (14.4) 61,871 (10.9)   2505 (14.6) 12,498 (12.4)  
▪ Prolonged 455 (1.6) 5034 (0.9)   270 (1.6) 1144 (1.1)  
4. Patient counts
Patients with no MBS records), n (%) 102 (7.4) 999 (3.7) 0.035 80 (5.8) 410 (1.5) 0.008
Number of patients with MBS records, n (%) 1269 (92.5) 25,961 (95.3)   832 (60.6) 6706 (24.6)  
5. GP consults, person-based
Patients with no GP consults, n (%) 75 (5.9) 590 (2.3) < 0.001 52 (6.3) 146 (2.2) < 0.001
Patients with ≥1 GP consults, n (%) 1194 (94.1) 25,371 (97.7)   780 (93.7) 6560 (97.8)  
Mean GP visits-person-based, ±SD 19.1 ± 32.6 13.9 ± 15.1 < 0.001 17.2 ± 25.3 13.6 ± 14.4 < 0.001
Mean GP costs/person, dollars ±SD 696.15 ± 780.9 653.72 ± 584.9 0.007 668 ± 908.7 507.9 ± 543.7 < 0.001
Specialist consults, person-based
Patients with no specialist consults, n (%) 825 (65.0) 7376 (28.4) < 0.001 587 (70.6) 2799 (41.7) < 0.001
Patients with specialist consults, n (%) 444 (35.0) 18,585 (71.6)   245 (29.4) 3907 (58.3)  
Mean specialists visits, person-based 1.7 ± 4.1 7.6 ± 14.4 < 0.001 0.7 ± 1.6 2.6 ± 5.9 < 0.001
Mean specialist costs/person, dollars±SD 662.5 ± 808.7 1365.26 ± 1658.3 < 0.001 642.0 ± 817.2 1060.1 ± 1480.4 0.009