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QuickStats: Percentage* of Visits to Office-Based Physicians by Adults Aged ≥18 Years for Diabetes Mellitus,§ by Sex and Age — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2015


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The figure above is a bar chart showing that in 2015, diabetes was a reason for 4.2% of visits by adults to office-based physicians. Men aged 18–44 years had a higher percentage of visits for diabetes compared with women aged 18–44 years (2.2% versus 0.4%, respectively). Both women and men aged 18–44 years had a lower percentage of visits for diabetes compared with adults aged 45–64 and ≥65 years.

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated by error bars.

Based on a sample of visits to nonfederally employed office-based physicians who are primarily engaged in direct patient care. Physicians in specialties of anesthesiology, pathology, and radiology are excluded from the survey.

§ Diabetes mellitus indicated by patient as one of the reasons for visit. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey collects up to five reasons for visit.

In 2015, diabetes was a reason for 4.2% of visits by adults to office-based physicians. Men aged 18–44 years had a higher percentage of visits for diabetes compared with women aged 18–44 years (2.2% versus 0.4%, respectively). Both women and men aged 18–44 years had a lower percentage of visits for diabetes compared with adults aged 45–64 and ≥65 years.

Source: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2015 data. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ahcd/ahcd_questionnaires.htm.


Reported by: Brian W. Ward, PhD, ijz8@cdc.gov, 301-458-4568; Christine A. Lucas, MPH, MSW; Carol J. DeFrances, PhD.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Visits to Office-Based Physicians by Adults Aged ≥18 Years for Diabetes Mellitus, by Sex and Age — National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, 2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:1283. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6646a7.

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