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Table 2 Use of healthcare resources in patients with unexplained pain with or without mood disorders.

From: Medically unexplained pain complaints are associated with underlying unrecognized mood disorders in primary care

Variable   Total Without Mood Disorder With Mood Disorder p-valuea
Number of visits to primary healthcare doctor due to pain in the previous 6 weeks N 2818 549 2269  
  Mean (SD) 3.20 (2.16) 2.81 (2.10) 3.29 (2.17) <0.0001
  Median(P25; P75) 3.0 (2.0; 4.0) 2.0(2.0; 3.0) 3.0(2.0; 4.0)  
Number of visits to a specialist due to pain in the previous 6 weeks. N 1261 214 1047  
  Mean (SD) 1.14 (1.27) 0.97 (1.23) 1.18 (1.27) 0.0080
  Median(P25; P75) 1.0 (0.0; 1.0) 1.0 (0.0; 1.0) 1.0 (1.0; 1.0)  
Number of tests undergone for the diagnosis of pain in the previous 6 weeks. N 1541 292 1249  
  Mean (SD) 1.47 (1.04) 1.50 (1.14) 1.46 (1.02) 0.6441
  Median(P25; P75) 1.0 (1.0; 2.0) 1.0 (1.0; 2.0) 1.0 (1.0; 2.0)  
Number of hospitalizations due to pain in the previous year N 627 114 513  
  Mean (SD) 0.36 (1.05) 0.38 (1.42) 0.36 (0.95) 0.3749
  Median(P25; P75) 0.0 (0.0; 0.0) 0.0 (0.0; 0.0) 0.0 (0.0; 0.0)  
  1. a Wilcoxon Test
  2. SD: Standard Deviation; P25: Percentile 25; P75: Percentile 75.