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Table 1 Pathway taxonomy: class composition (frequency, percentage of participants presenting the category within the class)

From: Pathways of healthcare utilisation in patients with suspected adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a cross-sectional study

Variables Frequency n (%) Percentage of participants within the given category in the pathway class
   Pathway 1 Lay/regular source of care interrelation Pathway 2 Other professionals Pathway 3 Lay/consultation discontinuity Pathway 4 Other medical doctor Pathway 5 Regular source of care continuity
   (n = 207) (n = 72) (n = 237) (n = 84) (n = 231)
Suspicion       
 Lay 441 (53.5 %) 83.6 % * 72.2 % * 91.1 % * 0 0
 Regular source of care 215 (25.9 %) 0 0 0 - - 84.0 % *
 Other MD 98 (11.8 %) 0 0 0 72.6 %* 16.0 % *
 Other professional 70 (8.4 %) 14.5 % * 25.0 % * 8.9 % - - 0
First medical consultation       
 Same as suspicion 313 (37.7 %) 0 0 0 97.6 % * 100.0 % *
 Other MD 262 (31.5 %) 0 33.3 % 100.0 % * - - 0
 Regular source of care 202 (24.3 %) 83.1 % * 41.7 % * 0 0 0
 Never 28 (3.4 %) 8.7 % * 13.9 % * 0 0 0
 Missing 26 (3.1 %) 8.2 % * 11.1 % * 0 - - 0
Other consultations       
 None 608 (73.2 %) 76.3 % - - 21.9 % 23.8 % 90.9 % *
 One 157 (18.9 %) 21.3 % 37.5 % * - - - - - -
 More than one 61 (7.3 %) 0 16.7 % * 15.6 % * - - - -
Tests       
 X-rays 471 (56.7 %) - - 63.9 % 58.7 % 64.3 % 53.3 %
 Bending 183 (22.0 %) - - - - - - - - 32.5 %*
 Both tests 104 (12.5 %) - - 13.9 % 14.4 % 14.4 % 12.1 %
 No 51 (6.1 %) 10.1 %* 6.9 % 6.3 % 7.1 % - -
 Missing 22 (2.6 %) 6.3 %* 0 0 7.1 % * 0
Referral visit       
 Same as suspicion 251 (30.2 %) 0 - - 0 - - 99.6 % *
 Regular source of care 213 (25.6 %) 83.6 % * 30.6 % 0 - - 0
 Same as first consultation 185 (22.3 %) 0 0 78.1 % * 0 0
 Other MD or professional 92 (11.1 %) 0 34.7 % * - - 47.6 % * 0
 Self-referral 46 (5.6 %) 16.4 % * 12.5 % * 0 - - 0
 Other specialist 41 (5.0 %) 0 9.7 % * 10.6 % * 10.7 % * 0
  1. * : Statistically significant association between the variable category and the class, p < 0.05
  2. - - : The given category is not represented in the pathway class
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