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Table 2 Patient expectations regarding pain and functional status (PSOE) before (rows) and after (columns) the PMR consultation

From: Expectations of pain and functioning in patients with musculoskeletal disorders: a cross-sectional study

All patients
   Exp.*1 after cons.*2
Exp. *1 before cons. *2 n (%) Better Unchanged Worse
Better 90 (35.0) 20 (7.8) (w*3) 1 (0.4) (w*3)
Unchanged 31 (12.1) (b*4) 57 (22.2) 3 (1.2) (w*3)
Worse 18 (7.0) (b*4) 12 (4.7) (b*4) 25 (9.7)
No change: 66.9%, better: 23.9%, worse: 9.4%    
p < 0.0001 (test for marginal homogeneity)    
Patients with neck/back complaints
   Exp.*1 after cons.*2
Exp. *1 before cons. *2 n (%) Better Unchanged Worse
Better 52 (31.5) 14 (8.5) (w*3) 1 (0.6) (w*3)
Unchanged 17 (10.3) (b*4) 42 (25.5) 3 (1.8) (w*3)
Worse 9 (5.5) (b*4) 8 (4.8) (b*4) 19 (11.5)
No change: 69.1%, better: 20.6%, worse: 10.9%    
p < 0.0013 (test for marginal homogeneity)    
Patients with shoulder complaints
   Exp.*1 after cons.*2
Exp. *1 before cons. *2 n (%) Better Unchanged Worse
Better 38 (41.3) 6 (6.5) (w*3) 0 (w*3)
Unchanged 14 (15.2) (b*4) 15 (16.3) 0 (w*3)
Worse 9 (9.8) (b*4) 4 (4.3) (b*4) 6 (6.5)
No change: 64.1%, better: 29.3%, worse: 6.5%    
p < 0.0004 (test for marginal homogeneity)    
  1. *1 Exp. expectations, *2 cons. consultation, *3 w worse, b *4 better