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Table 1 Classification of visit type: Previous knowledge of the health problem.

From: Routine care provided by specialists to children and adolescents in the United States (2002-2006)

Major reason for this visit* Known patient?
  No Yes
Acute problem New patient Known patient, new problem
Pre- or Post-surgery New patient Known patient, new problem
Chronic problem, flare-up New patient Known patient, known problem (recurrence)
Chronic problem, routine New patient Known patient, known problem (routine or preventive)
Preventive care New patient Known patient, known problem (routine or preventive)
  1. E.g.: A visit for an acute problem by a known patient would be categorized as Known patient, new problem. These categories were applied to both primary care non primary care visits, but the focus of the subsequent analyses is restricted to non primary care visits only.