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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 214-218

Conclusions from analyses of outpatient visit patterns at an orthopedic hospital


Department of Orthopedics, Anjali Memorial Hospital, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Viveka Parameswaran
404 Maidstone Crescent, Oakville L6M1A1
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/am.am_73_18

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Objective: The primary purpose of this article is to provide logical conclusions and likely explanations to the patterns in patient visits to the outpatient department (OPD) of an orthopedic hospital in Vadodara, Gujarat. Subjects and Methods: Over the course of 25 days, the author of this work witnessed a total of 244 patients assessed, diagnosed, and treated by the primary physician. Results: Results indicated that fractures, degenerative disc disease (DDD), arthritis, spondylosis, tendon and ligament tears, and muscle pulls were the leading causes of nearly 80% of all OPD visits. Among them, tendon and ligament tears and muscle pulls contributed to 62% of all acute visits to the OPD, while DDD, spondylosis, and arthritis contributed to 65% of all chronic visits to the OPD. Discussion: Analyses of data showed that there was an even split between acute and chronic patient visits to the OPD. However, males were almost two times more likely to visit with acute conditions and only half as much for chronic conditions compared to females. Further, males' acute visit to the OPD was triggered, on an average, by lifestyle-altering orthopedic or other medical conditions compared to females that appeared to seek medical assistance for chronic conditions. Conclusions: This article concludes with recommendations for patient engagement to assist them seek care on a timely and consistent fashion.


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