Table 2

Visits to physicians before and after diagnosis in patients with inflammatory arthritis, by sex of the patients

Visits to physiciansRheumatoid arthritis (RA)Ankylosing spondylitis (AS)Psoriatic arthritis (PsA)
Male, N (%)Female, N (%)Male, N (%)Female, N (%)Male, N (%)Female, N (%)
Before diagnosis
Visits to family physicians for MSK reasons
 Year 35016 (39.5)12 467 (43.6)1657 (41.5)1968 (47.3)1053 (35.5)1500 (43.1)
 Year 25611 (44.2)13 719 (48.0)1736 (43.5)2121 (51.0)1199 (40.5)1599 (45.9)
 Year 110 144 (79.9)22 867 (80.0)2980 (74.7)2982 (71.7)1966 (66.4)2360 (67.8)
Visits to rheumatologists for non-specific MSK causes
 Year 3640 (5.0)2195 (7.7)198 (5.0)470 (11.3)129 (4.4)284 (8.2)
 Year 2904 (7.1)2682 (9.4)215 (5.4)535 (12.9)160 (5.4)336 (9.6)
 Year 13627 (28.6)8493 (29.7)842 (21.1)1300 (31.3)584 (19.7)873 (25.1)
Visits to other MSK specialists
 Year 31370 (10.8)3092 (10.8)293 (7.3)418 (10.0)283 (9.6)389 (11.2)
 Year 21514 (11.9)3450 (12.1)310 (7.8)471 (11.3)300 (10.1)431 (12.4)
 Year 12162 (17.0)4654 (16.3)498 (12.5)595 (14.3)435 (14.7)539 (15.5)
Visits to the emergency department for MSK reasons
 Year 3708 (5.6)1629 (5.7)198 (5.0)264 (6.3)131 (4.4)170 (4.9)
 Year 2921 (7.3)1966 (6.9)206 (5.2)281 (6.8)135 (4.6)219 (6.3)
 Year 12327 (18.3)4433 (15.5)484 (12.1)480 (11.5)312 (10.5)362 (10.4)
Visits to dermatologists for psoriasis
 Year 3Not assessedNot assessed506 (17.1)540 (15.5)
 Year 2568 (19.2)544 (15.6)
 Year 1845 (28.5)913 (26.2)
After diagnosis
Visits to rheumatologists
 Year 19781 (78.3)22 982 (81.1)3122 (78.5)3114 (75.1)2544 (86.0)3001 (86.3)
 Year 28203 (67.0)19 902 (71.0)2522 (63.9)2762 (66.7)1984 (67.5)2447 (70.7)
 Year 37373 (61.6)18 284 (66.2)2154 (55.0)2434 (59.1)1868 (64.0)2299 (66.8)
Visits to dermatologists for psoriasis
 Year 1N/AN/A884 (29.9)959 (27.6)
 Year 2665 (22.6)739 (21.3)
 Year 3651 (22.3)689 (20.0)
  • Denominators for RA cohort:

  • Year 1 after index date: male patients—12 488, female patients—28 339.

  • Year 2 after index date: male patients—12 250, female patients—28 014.

  • Year 3 after index date: male patients—11 971, female patients—27 628.

  • Denominators for AS cohort:

  • Year 1 after index date: male patients—3975, female patients—4149.

  • Year 2 after index date: male patients—3948, female patients—4141.

  • Year 3 after index date: male patients—3913, female patients—4118.

  • Denominators for PsA cohort:

  • Year 1 after index date: male patients—2957, female patients—3478.

  • Year 2 after index date: male patients—2940, female patients—3462.

  • Year 3 after index date: male patients—2919, female patients—3440.

  • Bolded results are statistically significant (standardised difference >0.1).

  • MSK, musculoskeletal.