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Table 2 Waiting period definitions

From: Evaluating quality of care for patients with rotator cuff disorders

Waiting period Definition
Waiting for ambulatory care Number of hours spent in the waiting room of a hospital before receiving physician care
Waiting for primary care Number of days between date of request for an initial assessment and date of the primary care visit
Waiting for initial surgical consultation Number of days between date of referral and date of consultation by an orthopaedic surgeon
Waiting for diagnostic imaging Number of days between the requisite date for a test and date of examination
Waiting for surgery Number of days between decision to treat surgically and date of surgery
Total waiting time (Group 1) Aggregate number of days spent waiting for primary care to initial surgical consultation
Total waiting time (Group 2) Aggregate number of days spent waiting for primary care to surgery
  1. Group 1: patients that did not require immediate surgical management and were treated conservatively with a non-operative rehabilitation program. Group 2: patients who had confirmed surgical dates or had already received surgery
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