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Table 4 Use of information from consultation in care of index and subsequent patients

From: Comparing virtual consults to traditional consults using an electronic health record: an observational case–control study

Survey question All consultations number/respondents (%) VC number/respondents (%) TC number/respondents (%) P value* VC vs. TC
Use of information from the specialist to care for the index patient
 All 51/68 (75.0%) 38/49 (77.6%) 13/19 (68.4%) 0.75
 Some 12/68 (17.7%) 8/49 (16.3%) 4/19 (21.1%)  
 None 5/68 (7.4%) 3/49 (6.1%) 2/19 (10.5%)  
 Already used information from index  consultation in care of other patients? 16/68 (23.5%) 12/49 (24.5%) 4/19 (21.1%) 0.78
If no, likely to use information in the future?
 Somewhat – very likely (6–10 on 10 point Likert scale) 18/52 (34.6%) 14/37 (37.8%) 4/15 (26.7%) 0.15
 Not very – not likely (1–5 on 10 point Likert scale) 13/52 (25.0%) 6/37 (18.9%) 7/15 (46.7%)  
 Did not answer question 21/52 (40.4%) 17/37 (43.2%) 5/15 (33.  
  1. *p values from logistic models with a random effect to adjust for clustering of patients within physicians.
  2. 421 physician surveys sent to 214 physicians who ordered a TC and 207 to physicians who ordered a VC.