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Table 3 Shoulder-related consumption of medical care/patient/year after first consultation according to number of consultations and duration of symptoms before baseline

From: Consumption of medical resources and outcome of shoulder disorders in primary health care consulters

  Previous consultations* p Duration of symptoms p
  No (n = 36) Yes (n = 68)   ≤6 months (n = 48) >6 months (n = 52)  
Physician consultations, mean (range) 1.1 (0–9) 1.8 (0–15) 0.21 1.3 (0–9) 1.7 (0–15) 0.51
Referral to specialist, n (%) 6 (17) 14 (22) 0.60 7 (15) 11 (22) 0.37
Surgical procedures, n (%) 1 (3) 7 (10) 0.26 3 (7) 5 (10) 0.72
Visits to physiotherapist, mean (range) 2.8 (0–28) 3.5 (0–37) 0.67 3.2 (0–28) 3.3 (0–37) 0.97
Radiological examinations, n (%)       
   Plain radiograph 10 (29) 12 (20) 0.28 11 (25) 9 (18) 0.44
   Ultrasonography 3 (9) 14 (23) 0.10 9 (20) 7 (14) 0.43
   CT 0 (0) 2 (3) 0.54 0 (0) 2 (4) 0.50
   MRI 3 (9) 4 (7) 0.70 4 (9) 3(6) 0.70
  1. *During 12 months before the index consultation.