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Table 4 Common chronic conditions experienced by patients presenting to the Victoria University Osteopathy Clinic in 2016–2017

From: Determinants of health, health behaviours and demographic profile of patients attending an Australian university student-led osteopathy clinic

Chronic conditionCurrent historyPrevious historyBoth current & previousAustralian National Health Survey [24]
Arthritis105 (6.6%)33 (2%)3 (0.2%)15.3%
Back pain372 (42.6%)116 (13.3%)67 (7.7%)16%
Heart problems33 (2.1%)38 (2.4%)1 (0.1%)5.2%
High blood pressure/cholesterola49 (5.6%)41 (4.7%)5 (0.6%) 
High cholesterol27 (3.7%)23 (3.2%1 (0.1%)7.1%
High blood pressure24 (3.3%)25 (3.5%)2 (0.3%)11.3%
Asthma118 (7.4%)179 (11.2%)5 (0.3%)10.8%
Cancer14 (0.9%)45 (2.8%)1 (0.1%)1.6%
Mental health disorder137 (8.6%)143 (8.9%)21 (1.3%)17.5%
Diabetes18 (1.1%)28 (1.8%)1 (0.1%)5.1%
Stroke2 (0.2%)8 (0.9%)02%
Kidney disease2 (0.3%)11 (1.6%00.9%
  1. a question was combined in the 2016 patient information questionnaire