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Table 5 Comparison of GP consultation and medication use before and after referral date between those referred to social prescribing and controls

From: The impact of a social prescribing service on patients in primary care: a mixed methods evaluation

Social prescribing N control Median (IQR) N referred into social prescribing Median (IQR) Two-sample Wilcoxon rank-sum (Mann-Whitney) test for non-parametric data
Annual GP consultation rate before referral 7540 2.9 (0.6–5.8) 377 8.3 (5.8–12.1) p < 0.001
Annual GP consultation rate after referral 7540 3.3 (0–6.4) 377 7.3 (4.7–10.7) p < 0.001
Two-sample Wilcoxon rank-sum (Mann-Whitney) test for non-parametric data   p = 0.014   p = 0.001  
No. of medications 6 months before referral 7540 0 (0–1) 377 2 (1–3) p < 0.001
No. of medications 6 months after referral 7540 0 (0–1) 377 2 (1–3) p < 0.001
Two-sample Wilcoxon rank-sum (Mann-Whitney) test for non-parametric data   p = 0.022   p = 0.156