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Table 1 Definition of study outcomes

From: Compliance with telephone triage advice among adults aged 45 years and older: an Australian data linkage study

Study outcomes Definition
Compliance: Attend ED immediately Presence of an ED or hospital record within 24 h of call
Compliance: See a doctor immediately, in 4 h or 24 h Presence of an ED or hospital record within 24 h of call or a MBS claim within 2 days
Compliance: Self-care No ED or hospital record within 48 h of call and no MBS claim within 2 days
Self-referral to ED or hospital in 24 h Presence of an ED or hospital record within 24 h of call among patients who were given the disposition “self-care” or low-urgency dispositions (including “see doctor in 72 h or 2 weeks”, “see a dentist in 72 h, in 2 weeks or when available”, and “see a health provider in 72 h, in 2 weeks or when available”).