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Table 3 Service Use by Number of LBP Episodes in the 24 Months Post LBP Index Visit

From: The association of comorbidities, utilization and costs for patients identified with low back pain

  1 (11,161) (% of Patients) 2 (2,887) (% of Patients) 3–5 (1,776) (% of Patients) 6+ (743) (% of Patients) Total (16,567) (% of Patients) Chi-Sq P-Value
Category *
Primary care 93.3 98.0 97.2 91.8 94.5 0.004
Specialty Care 41.2 47.6 57.8 59.4 44.9 <.0001
BP Spec Care* 12.9 17.6 27.4 35.3 16.3 <.0001
PT/OT 17.9 31.0 45.3 40.1 24.1 <.0001
Mental Health 9.3 12.0 10.9 13.7 10.1 <.0001
CT/MRI 4.6 14.0 34.0 37.3 10.9 <.0001
Spine X-ray 6.3 17.4 30.5 31.9 12.0 <.0001
ED/Observation 27.5 36.0 37.6 35.7 30.4 <.0001
Hospital Admit 9.8 12.1 14.2 21.3 11.2 <.0001
Hospital Admit for MDC 8 1.7 2.4 5.2 11.2 2.6 <.0001
  1. *Back Pain Specialty includes orthopedics, neurology, neurosurgery, rheumatology, and physiatry outpatient departments. PT/OT refers to Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy. ED/Observation refers hospital based care, < 24 hrs in duration in the Emergency Department or Observation Unit.