Table 2

Baseline characteristics of patients in the BAC ‘seen’ and ‘not seen’ groups

Variable‘BAC seen’
n=285
‘BAC, not seen’
n=230
Total
n=515
Male: n (%)136 (47.7)101 (43.9)237 (46.0)
Age in years at time of referral: mean (SD)53.9 (16.8)53.6 (17.0)53.8 (16.9)
Catchment: n (%)
 Merri CHS161 (56.5)151 (65.7)312 (60.6)
 Cohealth124 (43.5)79 (34.3)203 (39.4)
Referral source: n (%)
 General practitioner250 (87.7)204 (88.7)454 (88.2)
 Melbourne Health35 (12.3)25 (10.9)60 (11.7)
 Other public hospital0 (0)1 (0.4)1 (0.2)
Clinic referred to: n (%)
 Neurosurgery230 (80.7)199 (86.5)429 (83.3)
 Orthopaedics43 (15.1)25 (10.9)68 (13.2)
 Rheumatology4 (1.4)4 (1.7)8 (1.6)
 Pain service5 (1.8)1 (0.4)6 (1.2)
 BAC3 (1.1)1 (0.4)4 (0.8)
Already on clinic waiting list, n (%)121 (42.5)129 (56.1)250 (48.5)
  • BAC, Back pain Assessment Clinic; Merri CHS, Merri Community Health Service.