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Table 3 Health care use during an episode of varicella in children < 6 years of age, the Netherlands, 2007

From: The burden of varicella from a parent's perspective and its societal impact in The Netherlands: an Internet survey

  Children without complications (n = 2,092) Children with one or more complications (n = 472) All children (n = 2,564)
  N (%) Mean number of consultations (range) N (%) Mean number of consultations (range) N (%) Mean number of consultations (range)
GP telephone consultation 324 (15.5) 1.1 (1-3) 119 (25.2) 1.2 (1-4) 443 (17.3) 1.1 (1-4)
GP visit (not during weekend/night) 344 (16.4) 1.1 (1-5) 179 (37.9) 1.2 (1-10) 543 (21.2) 1.1 (1-10)
GP visited during weekend 22 (1.1) 1.0 (1-2) 27 (5.7) 1.2 (1-5) 49 (1.9) 1.1 (1-5)
GP visit during night 4 (0.2) 1.0 (1-1) 4 (0.8) 1.0 (1-1) 8 (0.3) 1.0 (1-1)
GP home visit 3 (0.1) 1.3 (1-2) 12 (2.5) 1.6 (1-3) 15 (0.6) 1.5 (1-3)
Visit emergency department 8 (0.4) 1.1 (1-2) 25 (5.3) 1.2 (1-3) 33 (1.3) 1.2 (1-3)
Consultation specialist care 6 (0.3) 1.2 (1-2) 14 (3.0) 1.6 (1-5) 20 (0.8) 1.5 (1-5)
No medical doctor's consultation 1406 (67.2)   185 (39.2)   1,591 (62.1)  
Medical doctor's consultation 686 (32.8)   287 (60.8)   973 (37.9)  
Hospitalizations 3 (0.1) Mean duration: 4.7 days 14 (3.0) Mean duration: 7.1 days 17 (0.7) Mean duration 6.7 days
Drugs prescribed 161 (7.7)   149 (31.6)   310 (12.1)  
   Antibiotics 55 (2.6)   82 (17.4)   137 (5.3)  
   Other drugs 106 (5.1)   67 (14.2)   173 (6.7)  
OTC drugs 1501 (71.7)   355 (75.2)   1,856 (72.4)  
  1. All differences statistically significant (Chi-square test, p < 0.05)