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Table 2 The average monthly numbers for outpatients using different departments. (mean ± SD)

From: The impact of SARS on hospital performance

Recovery yr. Department Pre-SARS During SARS Post SARS (1st yr) Post SARS (2nd yr)
1st-year recovery      
  Nephrology 1522 ± 375 1486 ± 829 1589 ± 703 2855 ± 134 †
  Family medicine 2103 ± 873 1510 ± 797 3674 ± 975 † 3739 ± 945 †
  Metabolism 2151 ± 623 1674 ± 670 2131 ± 266 1894 ± 273
2nd-year recovery      
  Psychiatry 1093 ± 298 815 ± 325 * 1341 ± 142 † 1239 ± 131
  Neurosurgery 545 ± 207 355 ± 159 * 626 ± 49 611 ± 59
  Urology 1701 ± 443 1028 ± 446 * 1699 ± 142 1807 ± 132
  Neurology 1900 ± 117 1239 ± 467 * 1877 ± 160 1876 ± 143
  Plastic surgery 329 ± 73 128 ± 87 * 337 ± 51 316 ± 40
  Cardiology 3723 ± 748 2790 ± 1091* 3699 ± 286 3498 ± 270
  Dentist 852 ± 516 462 ± 198 * 638 ± 83 790 ± 161
  Infectious diseases 1144 ± 991 303 ± 286 * 677 ± 94 633 ± 112
3rd-year recovery      
  Pediatrics 1867 ± 215 764 ± 387* 1144 ± 190 * 1518 ± 728
No recovery by the 4th year      
  Ophthalmology 4207 ± 443 2627 ± 1032 * 3169 ± 358 * 3578 ± 339 *
  Orthopedics 2808 ± 251 1537 ± 593 * 2274 ± 200 * 2366 ± 142 *
  General surgery 1812 ± 217 982 ± 435 * 1506 ± 192 * 1461 ± 101*
  ENT 3592 ± 410 1750 ± 752 * 2194 ± 213 * 2104 ± 117 *
  Gastroenterology 3071 ± 818 1801 ± 629 * 1911 ± 381 * 1799 ± 243 *
  Dermatology 2244 ± 398 1070 ± 373 * 1720 ± 264 * 1735 ± 132 *
  Chinese medicine 3510 ± 386 1466 ± 805 * 3126 ± 778 2647 ± 281 *
  Rehabilitation 1619 ± 132 702 ± 360* 964 ± 139* 919 ± 83*
  Internal medicine 6414 ± 1159 2380 ± 1073 * 3513 ± 398 * 3542 ± 189 *
  Pulmary medicine 602 ± 175 370 ± 171 * 301 ± 213* 327 ± 75 *
  Obs/Gyn 3177 ± 429 1562 ± 670 * 2392 ± 314 * 2259 ± 691*
  1. * p < 0.05: significant less than the pre-SARS year (2002).
  2. p < 0.05: significant higher than the pre-SARS year (2002)