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Table 2 Changes in proportion of patients visiting different healthcare providers and total number of contacts with healthcare providers between baseline and 3 months follow-up (n = 107)

From: Preliminary effects of a regional approached multidisciplinary educational program on healthcare utilization in patients with hip or knee osteoarthritis: an observational study

  Baseline Follow-up  
Contacted in last 3 months
n (%)
Contacted in last 3 months
n (%)
p-value a
Primary care    
General practitioner 43 (40.2) 27 (25.2) 0.01*
Physio- or exercise therapist 39 (36.5) 26 (24.3) 0.02*
Dietician 3 (2.8) 3 (2.8) 1.00
Occupational therapist 2 (1.9)
Psychologist 1 (0.9)
Nurse (in GP practice) 6 (5.6) 5 (4.7) 1.00
District nurse/home care 1 (0.9) 2 (1.9)
Total number of contacts
Median (IQR)
258
1 (0–2)
327
0 (0–3)
0.48b
Secondary care    
Rheumatologist 6 (5.6) 3 (2.8) 0.25
Orthopaedic surgeon 20 (18.7) 15 (14.0) 0.30
Physician assistant / nurse practitioner 3 (2.8) 2 (1.9) 1.00
Multidisciplinary team care / pain clinic 1 (0.9)
Total number of contacts
Median (IQR)
46
0 (0–0)
24
0 (0–0)
0.02b*
  1. aExact McNemar significance probability
  2. bWilcoxon Signed-Rank test
  3. *Significant for p-value ≤0.05