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Table 2 Information and requests on GP request forms (n = 136)

From: A cross sectional study of requests for knee radiographs from primary care

Examine right knee 47 (35%)
Examine left knee 56 (41%)
Examine both knees 31 (23%)
Not stated 2 (1%)
Specific diagnosis of OA 19 (14%)
Possible diagnosis of OA 31 (23%)
Query other form of arthritis 2 (1%)
Mention of other diagnosis 8 (6%)
Clinical signs described 28 (21%)
   Crepitus 11 (8%)
   Joint tenderness 8 (6%)
   Quadriceps muscle wasting 0 (0%)
   Joint enlargement 1 (<1%)
   Movement limitation 3 (2%)
   Temperature or heat 3 (2%)
   Effusion 11 (8%)
Clinical symptoms described 120 (88%)
   Pain 119 (88%)
   Joint stiffness 11 (8%)
   Walking distance 0 (0%)
   Knee locking 9 (7%)
   Soft tissue swelling 21 (15%)
   Knee instability 4 (3%)
   Clicking 0 (0%)
   Duration of symptoms 20 (15%)
   Severity of symptoms 1 (<1%)
   Incapacity state determinable 0 (0%)
   Site of symptoms 14 (10%)
Request to grade severity 3 (2%)
Request to identify loose bodies 5 (4%)
Previous x ray mentioned 2 (1%)
Previous orthopaedic consultation or operation mentioned 8 (6%)
Treatment mentioned 3 (2%)
   Medication 1 (<1%)
   Physiotherapy 1 (<1%)
   Steroid injection 1 (<1%)
Referral to orthopaedics or TKR suggested 1 (<1%)
Trauma mentioned  
   Yes, trauma 12 (9%)
   Yes, no trauma 6 (4%)
Social history given 2 (1%)
x ray view specified 6 (4%)