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Table 1 Average monthly service volumes of the outpatient, inpatient and emergency services before, during and after the SARS epidemic

From: The impact of SARS on hospital performance

Year Pre-SARS mean ± SD During SARS mean ± SD % Post SARS (1st yr) mean ± SD % Post SARS (2nd yr) mean ± SD %
Outpatients$ 52317 ± 4204 28950 ± 11731* 55 42906 ± 4047* 82 43715 ± 2758* 84
Emergency services$ 4382 ± 356 1975 ± 1242* 45 3395 ± 345* 77 3824 ± 346 87
Inpatients$ 8520 ± 909 3678 ± 2350* 43 6863 ± 486* 81 7371 ± 471* 87
  1. * p < 0.05, significantly less than the Pre-SARS year (2002)
  2. $ Outpatient and emergency service volumes: number of visits, inpatient service volumes: number of inpatient days.