Table 6

Volumes of medical consumption (except CGT for CFS treatment) over a period of 6 months measured at patients level at intake and follow up (N = 125).

Intake

Follow up


N

Mean (SD)

Median

N

Mean (SD)

Median


Medical care

GP (number of visits)

111

3.1 (3.7)

2

93

2.0 (1.9)

2

Medical specialist (n.o. visits)

55

1.2 (1.8)

0

38

0.9 (1.5)

0

Physiotherapist (n.o. visits)

29

3.8 (9.0)

0

23

2.7 (7.4)

0

Psychologist, other than CBT for CFS

22

1.0 (3.1)

0

13

0.4 (1.4)

0

Psychiatrist (number of visits)

9

0.2 (1.2)

0

7

0.2 (1.2)

0

Home care (hours per 6 months)

21

26.9 (104.3)

0

23

22.7 (88.4)

0

Hospitalisation (nights)

13

0.4 (2.0)

0

9

0.2 (1.5)

0

Prescribed medication (yes/no)

92

77%

87

72%

Non-medical care

Informal home care (hrs per 6 months)

37

132.3 (268.3)

0

33

110.6 (182.8)

0

Altern. med. practitioner (n.o. visits)

30

1.0 (2.3)

0

21

0.8 (2.0)

0

Non prescribed medication (yes/no)

56

53%

27

35%


N = the number of patients that had been using this form of healthcare

Scheeres et al. BMC Health Services Research 2008 8:175   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-8-175

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