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Table 2 Percentage distribution of episode duration of health problem for patients treated by a physical therapist in 2005, for the United States (FOTO), Israel (Maccabi) and the Netherlands (LiPZ), for the total patient population, patients treated for their lumbar spine and patients with ankle sprain

From: Comparing patient characteristics and treatment processes in patients receiving physical therapy in the United States, Israel and the Netherlands: Cross sectional analyses of data from three clinical databases

Total population1 FOTO Maccabi LiPZ P
Acute (0 – 21 days/1 month)2 18.4 14.3 38.0 <0.001
Sub acute (21 days/1 month – 3 months)3 28.4 31.2 26.7  
Chronic (>3 months) 53.2 54.5 35.2  
Number of patients (abs.) 62,713 84,523 10,793  
Lumbar spine treated 4     
Acute (0 – 21 days/1 month) 20.4 11.2 49.9 <0.001
Sub acute (21 days/1 month – 3 months)3 24.4 25.5 23.9  
Chronic (>3 months) 55.2 63.3 26.1  
Number of patients (abs.) 18,873 19,809 1,950  
Treated for ankle sprain 5     
Acute (0 – 21 days/1 month) 33.9 31.2 74.5 <0.001
Sub acute (21 days/1 month – 3 months)3 41.3 41.6 16.1  
Chronic (>3 months) 24.8 27.2 9.4  
Number of patients (abs.) 472 1,361 149  
  1. 1 Missing values FOTO: 85; Maccabi: 15,016, LiPZ: 1,400
  2. 2 Within FOTO and Maccabi: 0 to 21 days; within LiPZ 0 days to 1 month
  3. 3 Within FOTO and Maccabi 21 days to 3 months; within LiPZ 1 to 3 months
  4. 4 Missing values FOTO: 5; Maccabi: 2,357, LiPZ: 107
  5. 5 Missing values FOTO: 0; Maccabi: 102, LiPZ: 6