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Table 5 Numbers of office visits, referrals, hospitalizations, and sick notes among study subjects*

From: Clinical characteristics and patterns of healthcare utilization in patients with painful neuropathic disorders in UK general practice: a retrospective cohort study

  Patients with painful neuropathies (N = 31,688) Comparison group (N = 31,688) P-Value
Number of office visits    <0.01
   0-5 3,314 (10.5) 9,680 (30.5)  
   6-10 4,489 (14.2) 5,892 (18.6)  
   11-15 4,602 (14.5) 4,641 (14.6)  
   16-20 4,295 (13.6) 3,696 (11.7)  
   > 20 14,988 (47.3) 7,779 (24.5)  
   Mean (95% CI) 22.8 (22.6-23.0) 14.2 (14.1-14.3) <0.01
   Median (IQR) 19 (11) 11 (4)  
   Minimum 1 1  
   Maximum 356 362  
Number of referrals    <0.01
   0 11,136 (35.1) 17,875 (56.4)  
   1 5,751 (18.1) 5,256 (16.6)  
   2 3,664 (11.6) 2,641 (8.3)  
   ≥ 3 11,137 (35.1) 5,916 (18.7)  
   Mean (95% CI) 2.8 (2.8-2.9) 1.4 (1.4-1.4) <0.01
   Median (IQR) 1.0 (0.0-4.0) 0.0 (0.0-2.0)  
   Minimum 0 0  
   Maximum 55 65  
Number of hospitalizations    <0.01
   0 28,538 (90.1) 29,971 (94.6)  
   1 2,124 (6.7) 1,175 (3.7)  
   2 635 (2.0) 352 (1.1)  
   ≥ 3 391 (1.2) 190 (0.6)  
   Mean (95% CI) 0.2 (0.2-0.2) 0.1 (0.1-0.1) <0.01
   Median (IQR) 0.0 (0.0-0.0) 0.0 (0.0-0.0)  
   Minimum 0 0  
   Maximum 23 38  
Number of sick notes    <0.01
   0 26,453 (83.5) 29,474 (93.0)  
   1 2,046 (6.5) 1,111 (3.5)  
   2 1,109 (3.5) 505 (1.6)  
   ≥ 3 2,080 (6.6) 598 (1.9)  
   Mean (95% CI) 0.5 (0.4-0.5) 0.2 (0.1-0.2) <0.01
   Median (IQR) 0.0 (0.0-0.0) 0.0 (0.0-0.0)  
   Minimum 0 0  
   Maximum 19 19  
  1. *Unless otherwise indicated, all values are number (%).
  2. CI confidence interval; IQR interquartile range