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Table 9 Discussion with colleagues about patient

From: A comparative case study of prescribing and non-prescribing physiotherapists and podiatrists

Professional group Prescribing status Number and % of all patients seen for whom discussion occurred with colleague Mean (SD) minutes in discussions with colleague
per patient
Discussion with same
professional
n, mean (SD) minutes
Same colleague
cost / discussionb
(£, 2015)
Discussion with
medical professional
n, mean (SD)
minutes
Medical colleague cost / discussionb
(£, 2015)
PHYSIOTHERAPY Independent prescriber 19 (17.8%) 10.61 (9.68) 3, 19.5 (14.8) £22.75 16, 9.5 (8.9) £21.69
  Non prescriber 1 (0.9%) 0 (n/a) 1, time missing Not known 0, n/a 0
  Significant difference p < 0.0005a n/a     
PODIATRY Independent prescriber 19 (14.8%) 6.89 (3.20) 11, 6.8 (3.6) £7.93 8, 7.0 (2.8) £15.98
  Non prescriber 13 (10.5%) 6.92 (6.14) 12, 7.3 (6.3) £8.52 1, 3.0 (0.0) £6.85
  Significant difference p = 0.299~ p = 0.493^     
  1. a Fishers Exact test; ~ Chi squared test; ^ Mann Whitney U test
  2. bUnit costs of health and social care 2015 (Curtis and Burns 2015), pro rata based on £70/ h for same professional i.e. AfC band 8a, as in Ec2 above, and £137/ h for medical consultant