Table 2

Comparison of characteristics of veterans with and without a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

CharacteristicPer cent of veterans with PDPer cent of veterans without PD
Differences are significant for all characteristics (p < 0.001).
 Data were calculated from the 1999 VHA large national health survey of veteran enrollees.
 Items 1–11 were drawn from the core questionnaire (n = 887 775, of which 14 530 (1.64%) had a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease). Item 12 was taken from the insurance and utilisation module (n = 152 253, of which 2335 (1.53%) had Parkinson’s disease).
 PD, Parkinson’s disease.
(1) Age ⩾65 years76.2644.04
(2) Male97.5695.18
(3) Race
(4) Employment
    Unable to work22.4416.55
(5) Education ⩽12th grade64.4753.60
(6) VHA priority
    4 (catastrophic disability)8.712.64
    7 (no disability: co-pay)9.3112.77
(7) Source of health care in past three years
    VHA only42.2334.94
    No VHA use3.1514.25
    Dual use53.2245.71
(8) Planned future use of VHA
    Primary source78.1666.22
    Back up15.1126.69
    Prescription only5.574.12
(9) Takes no regular exercise57.7735.89
(10) Physical health worse than one year ago56.9839.36
(11) Emotional health worse than one year ago37.8026.89
(12) Enrolled in Medicare78.8052.30
    With private insurance (no Medicare)4.4419.13
    Rely 100% on VHA outpatient care45.0733.16