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Table 2 Health care resource use over 12 months (mean, SD)

From: Factors associated with costs and health outcomes in patients with Back and leg pain in primary care: a prospective cohort analysis

Resource use
Variable ALL Referred leg pain Sciatica
n = 368 n % n = 85 n % n = 283
ATLAS physiotherapya 3.38 (2.34)   2.80 (2.08)   3.56 (2.39)
NHS
 GP consultations 2.12 (3.17) 42 (49) 1.48 (2.59) 161 (56) 2.31 (3.29)
 Nurse consultations 0.14 (0.60) 10 (12) 0.22 (0.81) 18 (7) 0.11 (0.53)
 Other primary care consultations 0.81 (2.36) 15 (18) 0.93 (2.95) 52 (19) 0.77 (2.16)
 Outpatient consultationsb 3.15 (4.78) 40 (47) 2.73 (4.26) 160 (56) 3.28 (4.93)
 ‘Other’ physiotherapyd 2.48 (3.90) 35 (42) 2.13 (3.35) 130 (46) 2.59 (4.06)
 Consultations otherb 0.07 (0.35) 3 (7) 0.07 (0.26) 6 (4) 0.07 (0.37)
Private
 Outpatient consultationsb 1.18 (4.96) 8 (10) 1.82 (7.62) 40 (15) 0.99 (3.82)
 ‘Other’ Physiotherapyd consultations 0.44 (2.19) 4 (5) 0.47 (2.77) 21 (7) 0.43 (1.99)
 Consultations otherb 0.05 (0.41) 0 0.00 5 (3) 0.07 (0.46)
 Time off work
(Days off work)
8.92 (30.71) 13 (16) 3.08 (11.55) 66 (24) 10.67 (34.25)
  n (%)   n (%)   n (%)
Investigationsc
(MRI)
13 (4)   1 (1)   12 (4)
Investigationsc
(X-rays)
26 (7)   7 (8)   19 (7)
Prescribed medicationc 105 (29)   18 (21)   87 (31)
Over the counterc medications 94 (26)   24 (28)   70 (25)
  1. NHS National Health Service costs, MRI Magnetic resonance imaging
  2. a Physiotherapy treatment sessions received as part of the study
  3. b Hospital based or private practice based consultations
  4. c The number (%) of participants reporting usage within the investigations, prescribed medication and out-of-pocket and prescribed categories are reported instead of mean (SD) because of multiple usage, purchases and/or prescriptions
  5. d Physiotherapy visits over and above those that were delivered as part of the ATLAS study