Table 3

Average number of services used by children based on vulnerability classification

Service typeVulnerable children
(n=124 668), mean (SD)
Non-vulnerable children
(n=240 470), mean (SD)
Ratio of service use (95% CI)*
Primary care services
General practitioner
Year 18.84 (6.20)9.14 (5.90)0.98 (0.97 to 0.99)
Year 27.01 (5.81)7.62 (5.90)0.97 (0.97 to 0.98)
Year 34.03 (4.31)4.63 (4.50)0.94 (0.94 to 0.95)
Year 42.80 (3.69)3.88 (3.95)0.80 (0.79 to 0.80)
Year 51.94 (3.04)2.90 (3.31)0.68 (0.68 to 0.69)
Total24.62 (17.34)28.17 (17.93)0.99 (0.98 to 1.00)
Secondary care services
Specialist
Year 10.58 (2.53)1.12 (3.42)0.56 (0.55 to 0.57)
Year 20.25 (1.19)0.41 (1.56)0.70 (0.69 to 0.72)
Year 30.21 (0.98)0.34 (1.41)0.70 (0.69 to 0.72)
Year 40.16 (0.73)0.31 (1.31)0.59 (0.58 to 0.60)
Year 50.12 (0.71)0.25 (1.08)0.53 (0.51 to 0.54)
Total1.31 (4.08)2.42 (6.00)0.66 (0.66 to 0.67)
Pathology
Year 10.78 (3.23)1.01 (4.95)0.87 (0.86 to 0.89)
Year 20.71 (2.96)0.83 (3.22)0.91 (0.89 to 0.92)
Year 30.57 (2.53)0.68 (4.2)0.89 (0.88 to 0.90)
Year 40.42 (1.58)0.63 (3.78)0.72 (0.71 to 0.74)
Year 50.29 (1.34)0.49 (2.46)0.63 (0.62 to 0.64)
Total2.77 (7.09)3.64 (11.12)0.89 (0.88 to 0.90)
Diagnostic imaging
Year 10.28 (0.96)0.34 (1.30)0.87 (0.86 to 0.89)
Year 20.16 (0.62)0.19 (0.72)0.87 (0.85 to 0.89)
Year 30.13 (0.53)0.15 (0.61)0.84 (0.82 to 0.86)
Year 40.09 (0.45)0.14 (0.66)0.68 (0.66 to 0.70)
Year 50.07 (0.37)0.12 (0.50)0.61 (0.59 to 0.63)
Total0.73 (1.69)0.94 (2.22)0.84 (0.83 to 0.85)
Tertiary care services
Inpatient
Year 10.39 (1.07)0.29 (0.87)1.22 (1.21 to 1.24)
Year 20.21 (0.75)0.21 (0.80)0.97 (0.95 to 0.98)
Year 30.11 (0.65)0.14 (0.65)0.78 (0.76 to 0.80)
Year 40.07 (0.5)0.10 (0.57)0.73 (0.71 to 0.75)
Year 50.05 (0.44)0.06 (0.42)0.69 (0.67 to 0.72)
Total0.83 (2.06)0.80 (2.01)0.99 (0.97 to 1.00)
Emergency department
Year 10.99 (1.67)0.60 (1.18)1.36 (1.34 to 1.37)
Year 20.75 (1.40)0.60 (1.13)1.10 (1.09 to 1.12)
Year 30.40 (1.01)0.38 (0.87)0.91 (0.89 to 0.92)
Year 40.24 (0.77)0.24 (0.69)0.88 (0.86 to 0.89)
Year 50.14 (0.58)0.15 (0.55)0.85 (0.83 to 0.87)
Total2.52 (3.63)1.97 (2.77)1.05 (1.04 to 1.06)
  • *Reference group=non-vulnerable children.