Table 3—

Comparison of medical resource utilisation(other than medication) and proportion of patients with written action plans in case of asthma exacerbation

GroupOverallp-value
GPGP+SPESPE
Patients with written action plans in case of asthma crises68 (16.2)162 (27.3)39 (30.0)269 (23.6)0.000
Average frequency of visits to GP0.000
 Once a year34 (7.4)45 (6.9)79 (7.1)
 Twice a year101 (22.0)96 (14.7)197 (17.7)
 Four times a year214 (46.5)270 (41.3)484 (43.5)
 Every month111 (24.1)242 (37.1)353 (31.7)
Average frequency of visits to specialist0.000
 Once a year385 (59.0)24 (16.8)409 (51.4)
 Twice a year178 (27.3)81 (56.6)259 (32.5)
 Four times a year76 (11.6)34 (23.8)110 (13.8)
 Every month14 (2.1)4 (2.8)18 (2.3)
Asthma-related hospital admissions during past 12 months0.001
 None427 (94.1)566 (86.8)133 (93.0)1126 (90.2)
 Once20 (4.4)55 (8.4)8 (5.6)83 (6.6)
 More than once7 (1.5)31 (4.8)2 (1.4)40 (3.2)
  • All data are presented as n (%) unless otherwise stated. GP: general practitioner; SPE: specialist.