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Table 1 Descriptive and clinical characteristics of the sample

From: A value proposition for early physical therapist management of neck pain: a retrospective cohort analysis

  Early physical therapist management (Duration of symptoms <4 Weeks) Delayed physical therapist management (Duration of symptoms >4 Weeks) P
n = 451 n = 1080
Age 46.23 (15.41) 52.41 (16.77) 0.07
Gender (% Female) 64.1 % 70.5 % 0.01
Initial NDI Score 40.18 (17.54) 34.31 (15.22) <0.001
Discharge NDI Score 23.86 (17.34) 25.63 (16.31) 0.06
Initial NPRS Score 5.96 (2.23) 5.28 (2.14) <0.001
Discharge NPRS Score 3.20 (2.50) 3.57 (2.37) 0.01
Percentage of Patients Achieving MCID on the NDI 38.8 % 23.5 % <0.001
Percentage of Patients Achieving MCID on the NPRS 68.1 % 64.2 % <0.001
Number of Physical Therapy Visits (Median, IQR) 5 (5) 5 (4) 0.82
Total Charges for an Episode of Physical Therapy ($USD) $918.42 ($667.47) $882.73 ($621.23) 0.29
Average Charges per Physical Therapy Visit $162.56 (33.83) $158.88 (40.07) 0.08
  1. Abbreviations: MCID Minimal Clinically Important Difference, NDI Neck Disability Index, NPRS Numerical Pain Rating Scale, IQR Interquartile range
  2. All values represent Mean (standard deviation) or percentages