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Table 1 Demographic characteristics of eligible patients (total of 357 patients)

From: Quality of referrals to a rheumatology service before and after implementation of a triage system with telemedicine support

Female – n (%) 305 (85.4)
Age (years) – mean ± SD, range of values 53.0 ± 14.9, 13 to 85
Origin:
 Porto Alegre (capital) – n (%) 193 (54.1%)
 Outside counties within the same state – n (%) 164 (45.9%)
Waiting time (months) - median (P25 - P75), range of values 12.1 (4.4–14.1), 0.23 to 63.8
Urgent need for an appointment (according to rheumatologist) – n (%) 78 (21.8)
Suspected SIRD according to the general practitioner– n (%) 220 (61.6)
Suspected SIRD according to the rheumatologist – n (%) 186 (52.1)
Referral date (obtained from the referencing document) – n (%) 334 (93.6)
  1. SD standard deviation; P25 25th percentile; P75 75th percentile; SIRD systemic inflammatory rheumatic disease