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Table 6 Evidence synthesis for waiting for treatment for musculoskeletal conditions

From: Reducing wait time from referral to first visit for community outpatient services may contribute to better health outcomes: a systematic review

Outcome Number of trials Number of participants Overall effect of short wait Level of evidence Clinical impact
Evidence base Consistency Overall
Workplace participation 3
[49, 51, 54]
4125 Positive effect Low Low Low Moderate
Pain 3
[49, 51, 53]
360 No effect Moderate Excellent Moderate N/A
Function 4
[51,52,53, 55]
577 No effect Moderate Excellent Moderate N/A
QOL 2
[45, 53]
24,298 Positive effect Moderate Very Low Very Low Slight
Satisfaction 2
[45, 49]
24,394 Positive effect Low Very Low Very Low Slight
Depressive symptoms 1
[53]
102 Positive effect Moderate N/A Moderate Slight
Anxiety symptoms 1
[53]
102 Positive effect Moderate N/A Moderate Slight
  1. N/A Not applicable, QOL quality of life