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Table 5 Details Provided on Consultation Letters among patients Seen by 146 Rheumatologists and Timeliness of Return to PCPs, %

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

  Provisional diagnosis/clinical impression General follow-up Provider responsible for follow-up Instructions that were given to patients Allied healthcare providers involved in care Consultation Letter Returned within 1 month Consultation Letter Returned within 3 months Consultation Letter Returned within 1 year
Overall 93.1 91.5 84.0 52.2 17.3 68.8 78.9 83.1
Systemic Inflammatory Conditions 95.0 93.4 90.5 56.9 10.2 69.2 81.0 87.4
Osteoarthritis 93.5 91.7 79.9 51.3 24.6 71.0 79.0 80.9
Regional MSK syndromes 93.4 91.5 83.3 50.2 22.0 69.4 65.6 83.3
Chronic pain conditions 86.5 84.9 77.1 48.2 18.4 59.4 72.3 77.9
Osteoporosis/osteopenia 97.0 100.0 87.9 60.6 NR 75.0 82.1 82.1
Other/miscellaneousa 92.0 90.7 86.7 37.3 NR 74.4 82.9 82.9
  1. Values are the percentage
  2. NR Not reported due to small cell size
  3. aMiscellaneous referrals such as abnormal tests