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Table 6 Utilization of provincial healthcare services by patients with rotator cuff disorders

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

Utilization variable Overall (n = 171)
Mean (SD)
Calgary (n = 96)
Mean (SD)
Edmonton (n = 75)
Mean (SD)
p value* Utilization ratioa
X-ray 1.74 (1.50) 1.63 (1.69) 1.90 (1.14) 0.28 0.86
Ultrasound 1.17 (0.92) 1.08 (0.83) 1.36 (1.07) 0.95 0.79
MRI (public) 0.50 (0.59) 0.41 (0.59) 0.61 (0.57) 0.02* 0.67
Emergency room visits 1.13 (0.42) 1.08 (0.52) 1.15 (0.37) 0.67 0.94
GP/Family physician clinical visits 3.52 (3.78) 3.70 (4.18) 3.30 (3.24) 0.55 1.12
Sport medicine physician clinical visits 3.54 (3.28) 3.32 (2.47) 4.00 (4.72) 0.62 0.83
Surgeon clinical visits 2.67 (2.57) 2.51 (2.93) 2.87 (2.06) 0.37 0.87
  1. MRI magnetic resonance imaging, GP general practitioner
  2. *p-value significant at < 0.05
  3. aUtilization ratio = ratio of utilization for Calgary group patients to utilization for Edmonton group patients
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