Table 1.

Frequency, prevalence and cost, by condition

ConditionSample frequencyaSample prevalence,%England prevalenceb 2007/2008, %Patients with only this condition (out of individuals with this condition), %Annual mean and (SD) cost, £, per patient for individuals with only this condition
TotalConsultationsPrescribed medicationTests and investigations
Asthma56166.55.7c43.6358 (521)116 (12)219 (447)23 (62)
Atrial fibrillation18182.11.31a11.0509 (602)190 (165)267 (521)53 (89)
Cancer14141.61.11a31.5596 (711)156 (163)373 (612)66 (130)
CHD48495.63.51a16.1581 (791)153 (147)387 (713)41 (80)
CKD33023.83.7d6.9604 (1714)195 (170)364 (1655)45 (75)
COPD17952.11.51a17.4870 (764)198 (200)626 (622)45 (102)
Dementia4150.50.41a18.3714 (639)168 (164)522 (556)24 (77)
Depression12 81114.910.9e54.9262 (418)123 (141)114 (328)25 (68)
Diabetes43365.04.8f12.9681 (708)170 (123)471 (671)40 (75)
Epilepsy7990.90.82c38.7674 (749)140 (160)502 (684)32 (85)
Heart failure9901.10.81a3.5781 (1262)215 (215)532 (1249)33 (53)
Hypertension15 64618.212.81a32.0416 (417)140 (123)244 (343)32 (74)
Learning difficulties3190.40.32c41.7297 (474)87 (97)199 (439)10 (28)
Mental health7870.90.71a27.2587 (716)131 (139)442 (692)15 (43)
Obesity85439.99.4g27.9216 (315)105 (115)87 (224)23 (61)
Stroke20862.41.61a10.8449 (660)143 (143)277 (606)29 (51)
Hypothyroidism33643.92.71a28.9341 (374)142 (118)160 (292)39 (76)
None of the included conditions47 40055.1131 (302)64 (93)50 (244)17 (58)
  • a Sample size: 86 100 adults aged ≥20 years.

  • b England prevalence figures were obtained from publicly available national statistics reported as part of the national QOF.

  • c England prevalence based on all ages.

  • d England prevalence based on ages ≥18 years.

  • e England prevalence based on ages ≥18 years. This 2009/2010 figure was obtained from the Compendium of Clinical and Health Indicators at the Clinical and Health Outcomes Knowledge Base.

  • f England prevalence based on ages ≥17 years.

  • g England prevalence based on ages ≥16 years. CHD = coronary heart disease. CKD = chronic kidney disease. COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.