2166 consecutive patients referred from primary care to a musculoskeletal Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (CATS) at the primary-secondary care interface were recruited at their CATS appointment. Self-administered questionnaires were completed at baseline and after 6 months and 12 months. At the baseline appointment, the assessing clinician recorded clinical diagnosis, investigations and interventions. Consent was obtained from participants to access their medical records to obtain information about primary care and CATS consultations.
|Chief Investigator:||Professor Elaine Hay|
|Principal Investigator:||Dr Ed Roddy|
|Study Coordinator:||Irena Zwierska|
|Funding:||Arthritis Research UK Clinical Arthritis Centre Grant (17684, 2007); Arthritis Research UK National Primary Care Centre Grant (18139, 2008)|
This study was a 12-month prospective cohort study.
The study aimed to describe the characteristics, management, and clinical and health-economic outcomes, of patients with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions referred from primary care to an established musculoskeletal Clinical Assesment and Treatment Service at the primary-secondary care interface.
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