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Table 3 Number of PHC-QDU patients who should have been referred to the ED and of PHC-ED-QDU patients who should have been directly referred to the QDU according to the reason for consultation

From: Primary care referrals of patients with potentially serious diseases to the emergency department or a quick diagnosis unit: a cross-sectional retrospective study

Reason for consultation PHC-QDU patients* n = 1186 PHC-ED-QDU patients† n = 1004
Anemia 21 (1.8) 247 (24.6)
Unintentional weight loss 4 (0.3) 119 (11.9)
Febrile syndrome 5 (0.4) 223 (22.2)
Adenopathies and/or palpable masses 0 (0) 37 (3.7)
Lung and/or pleural abnormalities 1 (0.08) 28 (2.8)
Chronic diarrhea 2 (0.2) 20 (2)
Abdominal pain 3 (0.3) 29 (2.9)
Ascites 3 (0.3) 20 (2)
Rectorrhagia 1 (0.08) 160 (15.9)
Jaundice 3 (0.3) 10 (1)
Dysphagia 0 (0) 14 (1.4)
Arthritis 0 (0) 9 (0.9)
Other 5 (0.4) 19 (1.9)
Total 48 (4) 935 (93.1)
  1. Data expressed as number (percentage).
  2. *Patients who should have been referred to the ED first.
  3. †Patients who should have been directly referred to the QDU.
  4. PHC denotes primary care; QDU, quick diagnosis unit; ED, emergency department.