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Table 1 Prevalence of the investigated musculoskeletal diseases and characteristic related to the management of these conditions. Adults aged 18+ years (N = 1,501,267)

From: Epidemiology of arthritis, chronic back pain, gout, osteoporosis, spondyloarthropathies and rheumatoid arthritis among 1.5 million patients in Australian general practice: NPS MedicineWise MedicineInsight dataset

  Prevalence
(2000–2016)a
% (95%CI)
Current consultation for the same problem
(2013–2016)b
%
Current consultation for chronic pain
(2013–2016)b
%
Average number of health contacts per year
(2013–2016)b,c
Median [p25-p75]
Average time in the dataset (years)
(2000–2016) a
Median [p25-p75]
Positive for any musculoskeletal diseased
 No 83.2 (82.3;84.1) 0.0 14.3 1.0 [1.0–2.0] 3.3 [0.7–8.6]
 Yes 16.8 (15.9;17.7) 66.7 56.1 2.0 [1.0–5.5] 6.0 [1.8–12.6]
Number of musculoskeletal diseasesd
 1 13.1 (12.5;13.7) 67.0 54.9 2.0 [1.0–4.5] 5.5 [1.6–12.1]
 2 3.1 (2.8;3.4) 62.5 54.8 3.0 [1.0–8.0] 7.3 [2.5–13.9]
 3+ 0.6 (0.5;0.7) 86.1 80.0 6.5 [2.0–12.5] 8.1 [3.0–14.7]
Type of musculoskeletal disease
 Arthritis 9.5 (8.8;10.3) 48.3 40.0 2.5 [1.0–6.5] 7.7 [2.9–14.0]
 Chronic back pain 6.7 (6.4;7.1) 89.3 96.7 2.0 [1.0–5.0] 4.5 [1.3–10.3]
 Gout 1.6 (1.5;1.7) --e 30.9 1.5 [1.0–4.0] 4.2 [1.1–10.4]
 Osteoporosis 1.2 (1.1;1.4) --e 38.5 3.5 [1.0–9.0] 5.7 [1.3–13.1]
 Spondyloarthropathies 1.1 (0.9;1.3) 8.4 46.5 3.0 [1.0–7.5] 9.2 [3.9–14.8]
 Rheumatoid arthritis 0.9 (0.8;1.0) 57.7 35.0 2.5 [1.0–7.5] 7.2 [2.1–14.1]
  1. a Considering the whole period since the first register available in the MedicineInsight dataset (2000–2016)
  2. b Consultations between Oct/2013 and June/2016
  3. c Number of registers on different dates when the patient received some diagnosis and/or some encounter occurred between the patient and the health service, including face-to-face visits and telephone contacts
  4. d Positives for arthritis, chronic back pain, gout, osteoporosis, spondyloarthropathies, and/or rheumatoid arthritis
  5. e No data available on diagnosis for these conditions before 2013