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Table 2 Initial policy of the general practitioner at the first visit for knee complaints

From: Knee complaints seen in general practice: active sport participants versus non-sport participants

Treatment by GP Athletes Non-athletes OR (95% CI) p-value
'Passive strategy'    1.64 (1.20 – 2.23) 0.002
   Wait and see 24.5% 19.8%   
   Rest 26.4% 21.1%   
   Go easy on the knee 42.5% 30.9%   
   Compresses 10.9% 9.3%   
Active strategy    1.20 (0.83 – 1.73) 0.33
   Exercises 19.5% 13.9%   
   Reduce body weight 3.1% 7.5%   
Medication    0.84 (0.59 – 1.20) 0.33
   Medication 19.5% 28.1%   
   Injection - 1.0%   
Referrals for diagnostics 13.5% 19.8% 0.98 (0.64 – 1.48) 0.91
Referrals to care givers    1.09 (0.79 – 1.49) 0.61
   Therapist 29.5% 23.5%   
   Medical specialist 10.2% 12.4%   
  1. Analyses adjusted for gender, age, BMI, trauma and baseline WOMAC-score.
  2. Significant differences are printed bold.