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Table 5 Proportions of chronically ill patients compared to other epidemiological data

From: Identifying patients with chronic conditions using pharmacy data in Switzerland: an updated mapping approach to the classification of medications

Chronic condition Various data sources Data used in this study (2011)
  Proportion of patients (%) Description of the chronic condition Data source/study design (year of data) Reference Proportion of patients (%)
Cancer 1.5 All malignant neoplasms excluding non-melanoma skin cancer Registry data (1992) Micheli et al. 2002 [25] 1.4
  1.4 Registry data (2008) WHO 2008 [26]
Cardiovascular diseases (incl. hypertension) 30.0 Hypertension Epidemiological data (2001) Pechère-Bertschi et al. 2005 [27] 29.0
  36.0 High blood pressure Epidemiological data (2003–2006) Firmann et al. 2008 [28]
  34.4 Hypertension Epidemiological data (1999-2009) Guessous et al. 2012 [29]
Diabetes mellitus 6.3 Type 2 diabetes Epidemiological data (2003–2006) Kaiser et al. 2012 [30] 5.4
  5.8 Diabetes Officially registered hospital discharges with diagnosis (2008) Bopp et al. 2011 [31]
  3.3 Non-insulin dependent diabetes Electronic medical records (2009–2011) Rizza et al. 2012 [32]
Hyperlipidemia 20.0 Dyslipidemia Epidemiological data (2001) Pechère-Bertschi et al. 2005 [27] 12.3
  29.0 Dyslipidemia Epidemiological data (2003–2006) Firmann et al. 2010 [33]
Respiratory illness (asthma, COPD) 5.7-10.0 Asthma Epidemiological data (2002) Bridevaux et al. 2010 [34] 7.4
  9.1 COPD Epidemiological data (2002) Bridevaux et al. 2008 [35]
  1. Proportions of patients with cancer, respiratory illness, cardiovascular diseases and cardiovascular risk factors based on data used in this study (2011) compared to proportions from available data sources in Switzerland.