Table 2

Health events, service access, and medication use (Nā€‰=ā€‰21; *Nā€‰=ā€‰20)
Time 1 Time 2 Time 3*
# who reported health events 10 (48%) 8 (38%) 9 (45%)
# of events 18 9 20
Falls 1 1 3
Medication-related 1 0 1
Exacerbation/new illness 14 5 9
Surgery 3 2 7
Emergency Department presentation 4 3 3
Hospital admission 6 1 5
Planned hospital admission 4 5 5
Unplanned hospital admission 4 2 5
Health professional/service access Mean # times accessed (SD)
Accessed GP 3.33 (2.55) 3.57 (4.03) 2.84 (2.01)
Accessed Practice Nurse 0.24 (0.89) 0.38 (0.81) 0.63 (1.54)
Accessed Pharmacist 3.00 (4.44) 2.57 (3.80) 2.00 (2.65)
Accessed Physio 0.38 (1.36) 0.57 (1.47) 0.42 (1.31)
Accessed Massage 0.10 (0.30) 0.29 (1.10) 0.05 (0.23)
Accessed Chiropractor 1.57 (5.51) 0.95 (2.42) 1.05 (2.53)
Accessed Naturopath 0.00 (0.00) 0.29 (1.10) 0.00 (0.00)
Accessed Psychologist/Psychiatrist 0.62 (1.53) 1.00 (2.85) 0.68 (1.89)
Accessed Support Group 1.10 (3.49) 1.29 (4.10) 1.26 (3.78)
Accessed Bereavement 0.05 (0.22) 0.05 (0.22) 0.32 (1.38)
Accessed Outpatient Clinic 0.05 (0.22) 0.10 (0.44) 0.16 (0.38)
Accessed Home Care 0.05 (0.22) 0.02 (0.11) 0.37 (1.38)
Accessed Meals on Wheels 0.00 (0.00) 0.00 (0.00) 0.05 (0.23)
Accessed Nursing 0.05 (0.22) 0.05 (0.22) 0.11 (0.46)
Medication Use % Participants (N)
Hypertension 63.2 (12) 71.4 (15) 60 (12)
Blood Thinner 21.1 (4) 38.1 (8) 30 (6)
Cholesterol 36.8 (7) 38.1 (8) 30 (6)
Diabetes 15.8 (3) 28.6 (6) 20 (4)
Anti-uricemic 0 (0) 4.8 (1) 5 (1)
Diuretic 15.8 (3) 14.3 (3) 5 (1)
Analgesic 21.1 (4) 9.5 (2) 15 (3)
Anti-inflammatory 21.1 (4) 4.8 (1) 5 (1)
Osteo 10.5 (2) 14.3 (3) 5 (1)
Hormone/Steroid 10 (2) 14.3 (3) 15 (3)
Antidepressant 21.1 (4) 23.8 (5) 15 (3)
Insomnia 21.1 (4) 4.8 (1) 5 (1)
Gastrointestinal 31.6 (6) 33.3 (7) 35 (7)
Penicillin 5.3 (1) 9.5 (2) 0 (0)
Antibiotic 9.5 (2) 9.5 (2) 5 (1)
Respiratory 15.8 (3) 19 (4) 10 (2)
Allergy 5.3 (1) 4.8 (1) 10 (2)
Vitamin supplement 57.9 (11) 52.4 (11) 45 (9)
Herbal 28.6 (6) 42.9 (9) 20 (4)

DiGiacomo et al.

DiGiacomo et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:143   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-143

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