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Table 2 Consultation Requests (n = 62)

From: Management of patients with prior lumbar fusion: a cross-sectional survey of Veterans Affairs chiropractors’ attitudes, beliefs, and practices

Characteristic Mean (SD) or Number (%)
Number of Patients, whom received fusion surgical procedure performed within the last 6 months, in a typical month (Missing = 1)
 0 20 (32.8)
 1–5 30 (49.2)
 6–10 6 (9.8)
 11–15 5 (8.2)
Number of Post Fusion Referrals in Past Month
 0 7 (11.3)
 1–5 39 (62.9)
 6–10 14 (22.6)
 11–15 2 (3.2)
Number of Post Fusion Patients Examined/Treated in Past Month
 0 6 (9.7)
 1–5 41 (66.1)
 6–10 10 (16.1)
 11–15 3 (4.8)
 16–20 1 (1.6)
  ≥ 21 1 (1.6)
Local Policy Limitation
 No 53 (85.5)
 Yes 0 (0)
 Unsure 9 (14.5)
Is more than 1 DC reviewing/accepting consults?
 Yes 28 (45.2)
 No 34 (54.8)
 Number of Providers Triaging Consult Request 1.8 (SD 0.9)
Referring Departmentsa
 Neuro/Orthopedic Surgery 36 (58.1)
 Pain Management 6 (9.7)
 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 40 (64.5)
 Physical/Occupational Therapy 15 (24.2)
 Primary Care 57 (91.9)
 Other (Emergency, Neurology, Direct Patient) 10(16.1)
Reason for Referrala
 Chronic Pain 60 (96.8)
 Neurological Deficit 13 (21.0)
 Poor Mobility/Function 38 (61.3)
 Postsurgical Care (Immediately Following Procedure) 1 (1.6)
 Other 4 (6.5)
  1. aReferrals may have come from more than one source or had more than one reason