Table 2

Average usage of healthcare services in the last 6 months of life, by quintile of GP visits in the 18–7 months before death

 Average usage of healthcare service for the decedent cohortAverage usage of healthcare service by quintile of GP visit, mean (median)
01–23–56–1011+
Hospital bed days
All hospital admissions22.02 (14)21.41 (13)21.55 (14)21.97 (14)22.30 (15)22.76 (14)
 p Valueref0.370.100.030.01
Preventable hospitalisations3.21 (0)3.26 (0)3.17 (0)3.03 (0)3.26 (0)3.32 (0)
 p Valueref0.370.980.850.50
Number of hospital admissions
All hospital admissions2.63 (2)2.53 (2)2.49 (2)2.65 (2)2.58 (2)2.88 (2)
 p Valueref0.280.040.04<0.001
Preventable hospitalisations0.35 (0)0.35 (0)0.35 (0)0.35 (0)0.35 (0)0.35 (0)
 p Valueref0.340.950.920.46
Number of ED presentations1.67 (1)1.74 (1)1.65 (1)1.63 (1)1.65 (1)1.66 (1)
 p Valueref0.030.0040.0020.006
Number of MBS claims
#All claims7.14 (2)0.45 (0)2.93 (0)5.33 (3)9.00 (7)17.28 (14)
 p Valueref<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
# GP2.52 (1)0.12 (0)0.88 (0)1.74 (1)3.04 (2)6.54 (6)
 p Valueref<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
# Specialist0.61 (0)0.03 (0)0.21 (0)0.48 (0)0.80 (0)1.45 (1)
 p Valueref<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
# All other4.02 (0)0.30 (0)1.85 (0)3.11 (1)5.16 (3)9.29 (6)
  Valueref<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
Number of PBS claims6.35 (0)0.16 (0)1.35 (0)3.54 (0)8.02 (2)17.73 (13)
 p Valueref<0.001<0.001<0.001<0.001
  • ED, emergency department; GP, general practitioner; MBS, Medical Benefits Schedule; PBS, Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme. Bold values indicate a statistically significant difference at p<0.05.