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Table 4 Relative rate ratios of health care visits, by visit type and Veteran status

From: Canadian Veteran chronic disease prevalence and health services use in the five years following release: a matched retrospective cohort study using routinely collected data

Visit type Median # visits (IQR) Crude rate ratio
(95% CI)
p Adjusted rate ratio*
(95% CI)
p Adjusted rate ratio**
(95% CI)
p
Primary care physician visits
Veterans 9 (4–16) 1.02 (1.00–1.03) 0.05 1.01 (1.00–1.03) 0.09 1.09 (1.07–1.10)  < 0.0001
Gen Pop 9 (4–16) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref)
Specialist physician visits
Veterans 4 (2–9) 1.00 (0.97–1.03) 0.92 1.00 (0.98–1.03) 0.97 1.06 (1.03–1.08)  < 0.0001
Gen Pop 4 (2–9) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref)
Emergency department visits
Veterans 2 (1–3) 1.04 (1.02–1.07) 0.0006 1.02 (0.99–1.05) 0.13 1.06 (1.03–1.08)  < 0.0001
Gen Pop 2 (1–3) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref)
Hospitalizations
Veterans 1 (1–2) 1.00 (0.97–1.04) 0.92 1.00 (0.97–1.04) 0.92 1.03 (1.00–1.08) 0.06
Gen Pop 1 (1–2) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref)
Home care visits
Veterans 9 (4–26) 0.90 (0.67–1.20) 0.47 0.89 (0.67–1.18) 0.42 0.93 (0.69–1.26) 0.65
Gen Pop 11 (5–30) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref) 1.00 (ref)
  1. IQR: interquartile range; CI: confidence interval; ref: reference group; gen pop: general population
  2. *Adjusted for age, sex, region of residence, income, rurality
  3. **Adjusted for age, sex, region of residence, income, rurality, asthma, COPD, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, myocardial infarction and rheumatoid arthritis