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Table 6 Outpatient visits five years to one year before, or one year after hospitalisation of patients with a hospital diagnosis of IBS in 2015 in France

From: Healthcare use by 30,000 patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in France: a 5-year retrospective and one-year prospective national observational study

  Before hospitalisation After hospitalisation
Years −5 −4 −3 −2 −1 year + 1 year
  All All All All All* 18–39 40–59 60–74 75 + All* 18–39 40–59 60–74 75 +
N      29,509 7040 12,081 7883 2505      
  % % % % % % % % % % % % % %
General practitioner
 0 1.1 1.3 1.6 2.1 3.6 3.3 3.2 3.1 8.6 6.6 7.4 6.2 4.6 12.9
 1–2 1.4 1.8 2.5 4.5 12.3 14.4 13.9 9.1 8.5 15.4 20.0 16.8 11.3 9.0
  ≥ 3 97.4 96.9 95.9 93.4 84.1° 82.4 83.0 87.8 82.9 77.9° 72.7 77.0 84.0 78.2
Gastroenterologist
 0 17.5 18.2 19.2 20.2 21.6 21.9 19.6 20.4 34.2 80.8 77.9 82.6 81.0 79.2
 1–2 67.0 68.9 70.8 72.6 74.3 73.2 77.0 75.3 61.0 16.1 18.5 14.7 15.8 17.2
  ≥ 3 15.5 12.9 10.0 7.2 4.1 4.9 3.4 4.2 4.9 3.1 3.5 2.7 3.2 3.6
Psychiatrist
 0 78.0 80.4 82.9 86.1 90.0 91.2 89.1 90.3 90.1 89.1 89.8 88.0 90.1 89.1
 1–2 9.8 8.8 7.7 6.4 4.9 4.3 4.7 5.1 7.3 5.3 4.9 5.3 5.1 7.5
  ≥ 3 12.3 10.9 9.3 7.5 5.1 4.5 6.2 4.7 2.7 5.6 5.3 6.7 4.8 3.4
All specialists
 0 2.3 2.7 3.4 4.4 6.1 6.5 5.3 5.6 10.6 42.7 40.8 45.2 42.7 36.6
 1–2 26.1 30.3 36.1 43.9 56.5 54.3 58.5 57.2 50.2 29.7 31.2 28.2 29.8 31.7
  ≥ 3 71.6 67.0 60.6 51.7 37.4 39.2 36.2 37.2 39.2 27.6 28.0 26.5 27.5 31.7
  1. *P < 0.0001 for distribution comparisons between “all −1 year” vs “all 1 year”)