Use of health services: Report from the National Diabetes Surveillance System: Diabetes in Canada, 2009

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  • Younger adults (aged 20 to 49) with diagnosed diabetes had almost twice as many visits to family physicians (Figure 11) and 3 to 4 times as many visits to specialists (Figure 12) than individuals without diabetes. Even in the oldest age groups, individuals with diagnosed diabetes visited physicians and specialists about 1.5 times more often than individuals without diabetes.
  • Adults with diagnosed diabetes had more days in hospital than individuals without diabetes (Figure 13). For hospitalized adults with diagnosed diabetes, aged 20 to 29 and 35 to 49 years, the number of hospital days was 5 to 6 times and almost 5 times (respectively) the number of hospital days for adults without diabetes. While adults older than 50 years had 2 to 4 times the number of hospital days than their counterparts without diabetes (Figure 13).
  • Children and adolescents with diagnosed diabetes had 1.6 times more visits to family physicians (Figure 11) and about 5 times as many visits to specialists (Figure 12) as those without diabetes.
  • Children and adolescents with diagnosed diabetes had 11 times the number of days spent in hospital than those without diabetes (Figure 13).

Figure 11. Ratio of the Rates of Visits to Family Physicians among Canadians with Diagnosed Diabetes Compared to Those who are not
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Figure 11

Younger adults (aged 20 to 49) with diagnosed diabetes had almost twice as many visits to family physicians and 3 to 4 times as many visits to specialists than individuals without diabetes. Even in the oldest age groups, individuals with diagnosed diabetes visited physicians and specialists about 1.5 times more often than individuals without diabetes. Children and adolescents with diagnosed diabetes had 1.6 times more visits to family physicians and about 5 times as many visits to specialists as those without diabetes.


Figure 12. Ratio of the Rates of Visits to Specialists among Canadians with Diagnosed Diabetes Compared to Those without Diagnosed Diabetes
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Figure 12

Younger adults (aged 20 to 49) with diagnosed diabetes had almost twice as many visits to family physicians and 3 to 4 times as many visits to specialists than individuals without diabetes. Even in the oldest age groups, individuals with diagnosed diabetes visited physicians and specialists about 1.5 times more often than individuals without diabetes. Children and adolescents with diagnosed diabetes had 1.6 times more visits to family physicians and about 5 times as many visits to specialists as those without diabetes.


Figure 13. Ratio of the Rates of Days in Hospital among Canadians with Diagnosed Diabetes Compared to Those without Diagnosed Diabetes
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Figure 13

Adults with diagnosed diabetes had more days in hospital than individuals without diabetes. For hospitalized adults with diagnosed diabetes, aged 20 to 29 and 35 to 49 years, the number of hospital days was 5 to 6 times and almost 5 times (respectively) the number of hospital days for adults without diabetes. While adults older than 50 years had 2 to 4 times the number of hospital days than their counterparts without diabetes. Children and adolescents with diagnosed diabetes had 11 times the number of days spent in hospital than those without diabetes.


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