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Table 3 Distributions used for probabilistic sensitivity analysis

From: The cost of diagnostic uncertainty: a prospective economic analysis of febrile children attending an NHS emergency department

Parameter Distribution
Time (hours)
 Nurse triage Gamma (4.69, 0.01)
 Proportion performed by band 6 nurses Beta (16, 55)
 Proportion performed by band 5 nurses 1-Beta (16, 55)
 Clinical consultation Gamma (3.9, 0.04)
 Clinician writing up patient notes Uniform (1, 20)
 Arrange blood/urine culture Uniform (1, 25)
 Arranging X-ray Uniform (1, 30)
 Receptionist booking patient in Uniform (1, 5)
 Clinician arranging referral Uniform (1, 25)
 Clinician cannulating child Uniform (5, 35)
 Nurse providing antibiotics to child Uniform (1, 10)
 Visual assessment by nurse Uniform (0.5,5)
 Days spent as inpatient (if admitted) Gamma (3.72, 1.03)
Salary (cost/hour)
 Nurse (band 5) Uniform (13.36, 17.5)
 Nurse (band 6) Uniform (16.14, 21.77)
 Nurse (band 7) Uniform (19.34, 25.67)
 Nurse (band 8a) Uniform (24.8, 29.99)
 Foundation year doctor Uniform (22.5,26)
 ST1-3 Uniform (27, 30.8)
 APNP Uniform (24.8, 29.99)
 Registrar Uniform (36, 41)
 Consultant Uniform (64.8, 87.4)