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Table 1 Summary of patients with non-urgent foot and ankle complaints managed in the usual care and triage clinics over the 12-month periods

From: The integration of a Podiatrist into an orthopaedic department: a cost-consequences analysis

  Usual carea Triageb p value
Total number of new patient appointments, n 72 212  
Total number of review patient appointments, n 61 66  
Total number of clinic sessions, n 110 70  
Age, years, median (IQR) 56.1 (20.4) 57.4 (18.7) 0.901
Gender, no. women (%) 59 (82.0) 161 (75.9) 0.418‡‡
Total new patients per sessionc, mean (SD) 0.7 (0.8) 3.6 (1.0) < 0.001
Number of appointments per patient, mean (SD) 1.9 (1.1) 1.3 (0.6) < 0.001
Number of patients discharged without surgeryd, n (%) 63 / 72 (87.5) 139 / 173 (80.3) 0.135‡‡
Surgical conversion ratee 12.5% 76.1% < 0.001‡‡
  1. aoutpatient clinic, patients with non-urgent foot and ankle complaints managed by Orthopaedic Surgeons and registrars (July 2014–June 2015);
  2. boutpatient clinic, patients with non-urgent foot and ankle complaints managed by a Podiatrist (July 2015–June 2016);
  3. cincludes all new patients seen, including those currently under review in the triage clinic;
  4. dincludes patients discharged from triage clinic and those referred to Orthopaedics and discharged;
  5. esurgical conversion rate is based on conversion from orthopaedic outpatient appointment to consent for surgery
  6. p calculated for differences between groups analysed with Mann-Whitney U test
  7. ‡‡ p calculated for differences between groups analysed with chi-squared test