TABLE 4

Disease-related event numbers for bronchiectasis patients compared with matched control patients

Matched control group (no bronchiectasis)#Incident bronchiectasis patientsRatio of the mean (95% CI)p-value+
Sum nMean§ (95% CI)Sum nMean§ (95% CI)
Outpatient appointments15 42723.41 (22.8–24.02)523024.67 (23.32–26.01)1.05 (0.99–1.12)0.12ns
 General practitioner54799.83 (9.6–10.02)6319.18 (8.77–9.59)0.93 (8.77–9.59)0.002
 Chest physician9011.37 (1.22–1.52)9012.51 (2.24–2.78)1.83 (1.57–2.14)<0.001
 Cardiologist4880.74 (0.66–0.82)1720.81 (0.55–0.95)1.10 (0.90–1.33)0.60ns
 Radiologist14902.26 (2.12–2.35)6122.89 (2.57.–3.03)1.28 (1.21–1.43)<0.001
Sick-leave days30 11145.69 (39.49–51.89)889740.50 (27.28–53.72)0.89 (0.62–1.26)0.18ns
Hospital days974614.79 (13.92–15.66)416319.64 (15.96–23.32)1.33 (1.09–1.61)<0.001

#: n=685; : n=231; +: Wilcoxon–Mann–Whitney test (two-sided); §: adjusted to patients who died during the observation period. ns: nonsignificant.