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Table 4 Time reduction for primary appointments pre and post intervention(s)

From: Interventions to reduce wait times for primary care appointments: a systematic review

Source Intervention Wait time pre intervention (days) Wait time post intervention (days) Absolute reduction (Δ in days)
Belardi et al. 2004 [30] Open access 21 4-7 14
Bundy et al. 2005 [35] Open access 36 4 32
Cameron et al. 2010 [22] Open access 13.7 3.6 10.1
Dixon et al. 2006 [36] Open access 3.6 1.5 2.1
Goodall et al. 2006 [37] Multiplea 24.3 10.2 14.1
Mehorta et al. 2008 Open access 21 11 10
Parente et al. 2005 [38] Open access 18.7 11.8 6.9
Pickin et al. 2004 [39] Multiplea 3.6 1.9 1.7
Sperl-HIllen et al. 2008 [42] Open access 21.6 4.2 17.4
Salisbury et al. 2007 [40] Open access 19.5 4.5 15
Solberg et al. 2004 [41] Open access 17.8 4.2 13.6
  1. aMultiple interventions included in the study were a combination of: open access, use of nurse practitioners, telephone for follow-up consultation, specific measures to reduce follow-up, GP triage, nurse triage, redirect workload from GP, email consultations