Unemployment and patterns of consultation with the general practitioner.BMJ 1989; 298 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.298.6682.1212 (Published 06 May 1989) Cite this as: BMJ 1989;298:1212
The relation between unemployment and consultations with the general practitioner was investigated among 13,275 economically active men aged 18-64 by using the British general household surveys. Men who were unemployed but seeking work consulted with doctors significantly more (odds ratio 1.83; 95% confidence interval 1.61 to 2.09) than those in employment, the highest consultation rate being among those who had been out of work for five years or more (odds ratio 2.12; 95% confidence interval 1.12 to 3.78). The high consultation rates persisted even after adjustment for self reported longstanding illness (odds ratio 1.53; 95% confidence interval 1.34 to 1.76). These findings suggest that in areas with high unemployment general practitioner workload is likely to be high.