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Table 3 Details of Symptoms Provided (whether present or absent for the patient) on the Referral Letter

From: Quality and continuity of information between primary care physicians and rheumatologists

  Overall
n = 2430
Systemic inflammatory
n = 745
Osteoarthritis
n = 787
Regional MSK
n = 395
Chronic Pain
n = 346
Osteoporosis/Osteopenia
n = 45
Misc.a n = 112
At least 1 symptom mentioned 92.2% 92.6% 95.6% 93.4% 92.8% 33.3% 83.9%
Anatomical Site(s) 64.7% 66.2% 75.3% 65.8% 52.6% 13.3% 33.0%
Joint Pain 51.1% 52.5% 63.5% 50.9% 34.7% NR 25.0%
Symptom/disease duration provided 50.3% 55.4% 48.0% 49.1% 54.9% 15.6% 35.7%
Swollen joints 22.6% 34.9% 22.1% 16.7% 10.7% NR 9.8%
Generalized pain 16.6% 15.6% 8.8% 12.7% 45.7% NR 9.8%
“Arthritis” 15.0% 14.5% 26.6% 6.3% 4.9% NR NR
Morning stiffness 9.3% 12.2% 9.7% 6.6% 8.7% NR NR
Joint redness 5.1% 7.5% 4.6% 4.8% 2.6% NR NR
Impaired abilities with daily living 7.5% 6.2% 8.8% 7.6% 9.8% NR NR
Fatigue 4.7% 4.4% 1.9% NR 16.8% NR NR
Deformed joints 2.6% 2.6% 4.3% 2.0% NR NR NR
Impaired sleep 2.0% 0.8% 2.3% 2.0% 4.9% NR NR
  1. Values are the percentage with the denominator being the N within each diagnosis category. Systemic Inflammatory conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout and other crystal arthropathies, other SARDs (lupus, scleroderma, vasculitis, Sjögren’s syndrome, dermatomyositis, polymyositis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, sarcoidosis, etc); MSK musculoskeletal, Misc miscellaneous
  2. NR Not reportable (to protect patient privacy)
  3. aMiscellaneous referrals such as abnormal tests