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Table 1 Participant characteristics

From: A model of access combining triage with initial management reduced waiting time for community outpatient services: a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

  Control period Intervention period
Patient characteristics n = 1252 n = 1861
Gender [n (%)]
 Female 743 (59%) 1172 (63%)
 Male 509 (41%) 689 (37%)
Age [years, mean(SD)] 43 (30) 41 (29)
Referral reason [n (%)]
 Musculoskeletal 408 (33%) 862 (46%)
 Neurological 113 (9%) 51 (3%)
 Developmental assessment 304 (24%) 340 (18%)
 Incontinence 350 (28%) 511 (27%)
 General function (e.g. falls, mobility, home assessment) 77 (6%) 97 (5%)
Referral source [n (%)]*
 Hospital 243 (19%) 279 (15%)
 Medical practitioner 412 (33%) 673 (36%)
 Self/relative/carer 146 (12%) 151 (8%)
 Community service provider 450 (36%) 757 (41%)
First discipline appointment n (%)
 Physiotherapist 695 (56%) 1333 (72%)
 Occupational therapist 64 (5%) 70 (4%)
 Speech pathologist 179 (14%) 96 (5%)
 Nurse 238 (19%) 241 (13%)
 Medical specialist 62 (5%) 106 (6%)
 Social worker 9 (1%) 6 (< 1%)
 Dietician 5 (< 1%) 9 (< 1%)
  1. *One patient with missing data in each group