Table 3

Mean total cost (SD) of groups and mean (95% CI) difference between groups (\$A) from a health system perspective at 3 months

 Perspective Groups Difference between groups P value Traditional waitlist n=278 STAT n=279 Mean difference(95% CI) Total cost 1324 (2755) 1486 (2383) 165 (−261 to 592) 0.447 12 weeks before 1st appointment 648 (2584) 635 (1962) −13 (−395 to 370) 0.949 Hospital admission 197 (2354) 144 (1592) −52 (−387 to 282) 0.758 Emergency department attendance 125 (226) 110 (224) −15 (−52 to 22) 0.418 Outpatient health professional service 327 (423) 382 (968) 55 (−69 to 180) 0.384 12 weeks after 1st appointment 676 (965) 851 (1036) 178 (16 to 316) 0.031 Hospital admission 128 (834) 167 (823) 39 (−99 to 177) 0.579 Emergency department attendance 56 (180) 77 (173) 21 (−8 to 51) 0.155 Outpatient health professional service 492 (439) 486 (392) −4 (−66 to 51) 0.900 STAT implementation costs 0 (0) 121 (91) 122 (112 to 131) <0.001
• Between-group mean difference calculated using service as a covariate.

• STAT, Specific Timely Appointments for Triage.