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Table 5 Comparison of features of patients referred to first Rheumatology consultations in 2007/2008 (482 patients) and 2017/2018 (357 patients)

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

  Porto Alegre (Capital) Outside Counties P Value* P value of homogeneity test**
Hometown
 2007/2008 – n (%) 260 (53.9) 222 (46.1)
 2017/2018 – n (%) 193 (54.1) 164 (45.9)
Urgent cases 0.016
 2007/2008 – n (%) 110/260 (42.3) 98/219 (44.7)† 0.591
 2017/2018 – n (%) 29/193 (15.0) 49/164 (29.9) 0.001
Systemic inflammatory rheumatic diseases < 0.001
 2007/2008 – n (%) 76/260 (29.2) 73/222 (32.9) 0.387
 2017/2018 – n (%) 75/193 (38.9) 111/164 (67.7) < 0.001
  1. *Pearson qui-square test comparing capital and outside counties. **Woolf’s test for homogeneity of 2 × 2 tables across strata; a statistically significant difference indicates heterogeneity. †For 3 cases, information on urgency was missing