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Table 5 Main reasons for consultation and differences of the two groups of patients

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 Pvalue
Anemia 195 (16.4) 283 (28.2) .005
Unintentional weight loss 293 (24.7) 123 (12.2) .004
Febrile syndrome 135 (11.4) 237 (23.6) .003
Adenopathies 107 (9) 25 (2.5) NS
Palpable masses 42 (3.5) 12 (1.2) NS
Lung and/or pleural abnormalities 66 (5.6) 31 (3.1) NS
Chronic diarrhea 52 (4.4) 22 (2.2) NS
Abdominal pain 76 (6.4) 30 (3) NS
Ascites 26 (2.2) 21 (2.1) NS
Rectorrhagia 44 (3.7) 163 (16.2) .006
Jaundice 21 (1.8) 12 (1.2) NS
Dysphagia 24 (2) 14 (1.4) NS
Arthritis 36 (3) 9 (0.9) NS
Total 1117 (94.2) 982 (97.8)  
  1. Data expressed as number (percentage).
  2. PHC denotes primary care; QDU, quick diagnosis unit; ED, emergency department; NS, nonsignificant.