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Table 3 Throughput times and hospital visits, pre- and post-MFDC

From: Multidisciplinary first-day consultation accelerates diagnostic procedures and throughput times of patients in a head-and-neck cancer care pathway, a mixed method study

  Pre Post Significance
2007 (n = 21) 2008 (n = 20) 2010 (n = 24) 2013 (n = 24) p ANOVA pair wise comparison
Throughput time (days)
  Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)   
 Access first consultation 6.0 (7.5*) 5.9 (3.9) 4.9 (3.5) 7.7 (8.0) .592
 Diagnostic procedures 20.6 (10.6) 11.4 (7.4) 8.7 (5.6) 13.0 (8.0) <.000 2007–2008: .013; 2007–2010: .000; 2007–2013: .049
 Start first treatment 32.6 (13.8) 22.2 (9.2*) 23.7 (8.4) 29.3 (11.3) .009 2007–2008: .038
Number hospital visits
 Diagnostic procedures 3.0 (1.7) 2.2 (0.7*) 1.7 (0.7) 3.0 (1.3) <.000 2007–2010: .014; 2008–2013: .049; 2010–2013: .001
 Diagnosis to start Treatment 2.1 (1.5) 1.4 (0.9*) 2.4 (1.9) 3.1 (2.2) .032 2008–2013: .012
 Total 5.1 (1.7) 3.6 (1.0*) 4.1 (2.1) 6.0 (2.3) <.000 2007–2008: .006; 2008–2013: .000; 2010–2013: .021
Start treatment within 30 days 52% 83% 71% 54% .132 2007–2008: .040
  1. Legend Table 3. Access first consultation; throughput time from ‘date of the letter of referral’ to ‘intake in oncology front office’, diagnostic procedures; throughput time from ‘first consultation’ to ‘decision in multidisciplinary meeting of the head & neck cancer centre’, start first treatment; ‘throughput time form first consultation’ to ‘start first primary treatment’. Hospital visits are measured during the diagnostic procedures, and from diagnosis to start treatment, and in total
  2. *= number of patients is 19, because one patient was treated elsewhere after receiving the diagnostic plan