Table 3.

Visits to health professionals according to group.

CharacteristicControl, n = 62Intervention, n = 58p
Total*Median (range)TotalMedian (range)
General practitioners
  Baseline611 (0–3)861 (0–20)0.81
  6 wks531 (0–6)391 (0–4)0.92
  3 mo641 (0–10)401 (0–4)0.73
  12 mo641 (0–6)531 (0–10)0.40
Orthopedic surgeons
  Baseline70 (0–1)80 (0–1)0.73
  6 wks80 (0–2)70 (0–1)0.47
  3 mo120 (0–2)70 (0–1)0.77
  12 mo40 (0–1)130 (0–3)0.02
Rheumatologists
  Baseline10 (0–1)10 (0–1)0.98
  6 wks50 (0–4)00 (0–0)0.21
  3 mo20 (0–1)00 (0–0)0.23
  12 mo10 (0–1)00 (0–0)0.41
Physiotherapists
  Baseline300 (0–8)450 (0–30)0.59
  6 wks150 (0–4)240 (0–12)0.72
  3 mo240 (0–3)160 (0–6)0.47
  12 mo210 (0–12)240 (0–8)0.27
  • * Summed number of visits per group to each type of health professional in the previous month.

  • Mann-Whitney test.