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Table 3 Utilisation of health care resources and work absenteeism per treatment group during 12 months follow-up

From: Surgery is more cost-effective than splinting for carpal tunnel syndrome in the Netherlands: results of an economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial

Type of utilisation [Unit of measurement] Surgery* (n = 79) Splint* (n = 88)
Medical specialist care [no. of outpatient visits]** 2.5 (1.4) 3.3 (1.8)
General practice [no. of visits] 0.7 (1.5) 0.3 (0.7)
Allied health professions [no. of treatment sessions]*** 0.7 (4.6) 0.8 (3.4)
Professional home care [no. of hours] 0.3 (2.3) 0.5 (3.3)
Unpaid help [no. of hours] 40 (151) 39 (110)
Absenteeism paid labour [no. of days] 12.1 (31) 11.8 (42.8)
Absenteeism unpaid labour [no. of hours] 50 (141) 52 (143)
  1. *Presented are the mean (standard deviation); ** Including the number of visits for the randomly allocated intervention; *** Allied health professions are physiotherapy, manual therapy, exercise therapy.