Table 2

Use of healthcare resources by patients with RA, OA, and hypertension in a 6 month period

RA (n = 253)OA and HBP (n = 191)OA (n = 140)HBP (n = 142)
No (%)Mean (range)No (%)Mean (range)No (%)Mean (range)No (%)Mean (range)
RA, rheumatoid arthritis, OA, osteoarthritis, HBP, high blood pressure (hypertension).
At least one visit to a health professional253 (100)191 (100)140 (100)142 (100)
    Family physician visits2154.8 (1–33)1914.4 (1–22)1404.2 (1–24)1424.3 (1–15)
    Non-surgical specialist visits2534.2 (1–35)672.6 (1–13)602.4 (1–23)402.1 (1–9)
    Surgical specialists872.0 (1–10)551.6 (1–7)421.8 (1–12)321.5 (1–4)
    Allied health professionals979.4 (1–60)669.5 (1–40)558.6 (1–36)359.3 (1–48)
    Dentists1151.8 (1–9)341.6 (1–4)331.6 (1–6)401.3 (1–3)
At least one test or investigation239 (94.5)147 (77.0)116 (82.9)104 (73.2)
    x Ray1172.3 (1–12)761.4 (1–5)681.5 (1–4)361.5 (1–13)
    CT or MRI71 (N/A)81.1 (1–2)81.3 (1–2)61.2 (1–2)
    Ultrasound401.2 (1–2)211.2 (1–3)111.2 (1–2)151.1 (1–2)
    Electrodiagnostic tests (ECG, etc)171.2 (1–3)151.2 (1–3)131.2 (1–2)151.2 (1–3)
    Laboratory tests2285.3 (1–27)982.0 (1–26)841.8 (1–12)791.9 (1–7)
    Bone density231.0 (1–2)151.0 (1–1)101.1 (1–2)61.0 (1–1)
    Other tests or investigations262.1 (1–25)171.2 (1–4)91 (1–1)51.2 (1–3)
Patients hospitalised9 (3.6)9 (4.7)7 (5.0)5 (3.5)
Took drugs253 (100)9.0 (2–28)191 (100)7.5 (1–18)140 (100)6.7 (1–17)142 (100)6.3 (1–16)
    Arthritis drugs2533.6 (1–7)1821.7 (1–4)1311.8 (1–4)1161.4 (1–5)
    Antihypertensive drugs721.6 (1–4)1821.9 (1–5)381.6 (1–3)1411.9 (1–5)
    Gastroprotective drugs971.1 (1–3)611.1 (1–2)451.1 (1–2)231.2 (1–3)
    Complementary medicine products2273.0 (1–12)1592.6 (1–7)1172.9 (1–10)1062.6 (1–12)
    Other drugs1982.5 (1–13)1572.8 (1–10)1163.0 (1–9)1092.5 (1–7)
Community services used27 (10.7)6.0 (1–30)23 (12.0)4.9 (1–15)16 (11.4)6.0 (2–23)2 (1.4)7.0 (2–12)
Adaptive aids or devices purchased50 (19.8)1.9 (1–7)13 (6.8)1.1 (1–2)11 (7.9)1.1 (1–2)1 (0.7)1 (N/A)
Unable to do chores (h)135 (53.4)207.5 (2–1186)58 (30.4)124.1 (3–800)43 (30.7)243 (6–1440)18 (12.7)172 (20–540)
Needed paid help68 (26.9)N/A30 (15.7)N/A11 (7.9)N/A10 (7.0)N/A
Needed unpaid help (h)149 (58.9)202 (2–1638)31 (16.2)112.2 (4–444)24 (17.1)162.7 (12–626)18 (12.7)134.0 (23–728)
Patient time off work (h)42 (16.6)136.9 (6–1208)1 (0.5)160 (N/A)5 (3.6)77.2 (8–128)6 (4.2)272.1 (24–760)
Caregiver time off work (h)16 (6.3)46.8 (3–336)1 (0.5)2 (N/A)1 (0.7)18 (N/A)0 (0.0)8.0 (8.0–8.0)