Table 1

Descriptive statistics of patients aged 65 years and older living in Tayside, Scotland, 2005–2006

At homeIn care
Number of patients (%)65742 (93.5)4557 (6.5)
Mean age (SD)75.2 (6.8)84.5 (7.5)
Age categories, n (%)
 66–7020034 (30)239 (5)
 71–8031148 (47)1065 (23)
 81–9012934 (20)2176 (48)
 91–991626 (2)1077 (24)
Female sex, n (%)37497 (57.0)3296 (72.3)
No. of deaths (%)5321 (8.1)1790 (39.3)
Mean no. of prescriptions (95% CI)66.7 (66.28 to 67.22)113 (110.37 to 115.56)
Mean no. of drug classes (95% CI)8.8 (8.73 to 8.82)11.6 (11.39 to 11.77)