Table 4

Specialist (hospital) care use over a 10-year follow-up: comparison of vulnerable and non-vulnerable groups

Non-vulnerableVulnerableAdjusted OR*Non-vulnerableVulnerableAdjusted IRR*
NN(95% CI)p Valuemedianmedian(95% CI)p Value
Any outpatient/day-case visitNumber of outpatient/day-case visits (excluding pts with no visits)
Medicine695550.79(0.51 to 1.22)0.29330.97(0.58 to 1.64)0.92
Surgical1046730.68(0.43 to 1.09)0.11451.11(0.79 to 1.56)0.54
Musculoskeletal†11670.56(0.25 to 1.26)0.164131.48(0.48 to 4.53)0.50
Oncology†13970.62(0.28 to 1.38)0.245101.27(0.46 to 3.53)0.65
Anaesthetics†1642.45(0.75 to 7.96)0.1421.56.39(0.73 to 55.97)0.09
Psychiatry†107161.96(1.06 to 3.61)0.0321.51.45(0.46 to 4.58)0.52
All1238860.43(0.25 to 0.75)0.003681.18(0.88 to 1.58)0.27
Any inpatient daysTotal inpatient days (excluding pts with no visits)
Medicine579561.1(0.68 to 1.77)0.7012211.32(0.84 to 2.07)0.24
Surgical569541.37(0.89 to 2.12)0.16671.07(0.68 to 1.69)0.76
Musculoskeletal†1421.05(0.23 to 4.86)0.957.590.68(0.24 to 1.94)0.47
Oncology†6550.92(0.35 to 2.40)0.8613180.71(0.24 to 2.04)0.52
Anaesthetics†2820.82(0.18 to 3.65)0.80320.06(0.00 to 0.93)0.04
Psychiatry†2741.54(0.50 to 4.70)0.4512311.50.29(0.09 to 0.98)0.05
All865821.56(0.92 to 2.67)0.1013191.13(0.76 to 1.68)0.56
  • *Adjusted for sex, age, housing, employment and long-term limiting illness; except where rows marked otherwise.

  • †Adjusted for long-term limiting illness only.

  • Bold font represents p<0.05.