Health care use by adults with obesity: A French cohort study
Obesity Feb 15, 2022
Findings demonstrate that health care use by individuals with obesity varies across classes.
Data of participants with obesity and enrolled in the CONSTANCES cohort were used to report real-life health care use across obesity classes.
Using the Universal Health Insurance database, information was collected on health care use (defined as ≥1 visit to general practitioners, specialists, emergency departments, and inpatient hospital admissions vs none over a 3-year period prior to enrollment).
Of 10,774 obese participants, 613 (5.7%) had class III obesity, and 2,076 (19.3%) had class II obesity.
Higher odds of visiting emergency departments (OR = 1.31) and various specialist physicians (pneumologists, endocrinologists, cardiologists) but lower odds of visiting gynecologists (OR = 0.69) were observed in class III obesity participants vs those with class I obesity.
Lower odds of visiting general practitioners, dentists, and psychiatrists were reported in participants with class II obesity.
Regarding hospital admissions, no differences were present.
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