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Table 2 Trauma patients visiting the general practice in 2006 and 2009

From: Fracture diagnostics, unnecessary travel and treatment: a comparative study before and after the introduction of teleradiology in a remote general practice

  2006 2009
Number of trauma patients 316 490
Number of patients called by phone 60 85
Number of patients not reached/refused to answer 4 7/1
Study sample 312 482
X-rays 83 (26.6%) 281 (58.3%)
Hospital referrals 83 (26.6%) 39 (8.1%)
Unnecessary trips to the hospital 41 (13.1%) 2 (0.4%)
Fractures or dislocations 66 (21.2%) 116 (24.1%)
Fracture or dislocation treatment by the GP 15 (22.7%)1 77 (66.4%)1
Missed fractures 9 (13.6%)1 2 (1.9%)1
  1. Note: 1Percentages of fractures.