Table 2

Comparisons between each of the 10 centres in terms of the extent of patient delay, initial healthcare professional (HCP) delay and rheumatologist delay

Delay 1: Patient delay*
Delay 3: Initial HCP delay
Delay 4: Rheumatologist delay
  • Dunn's multiple comparisons test was used to compare each level of delay between pairs of centres. p Values are shown. Where p>0.05, this was regarded as NS.

  • * Symptom onset to request to see initial healthcare professional (HCP) of contact (delay 1: patient delay).

  • Initial assessment by HCP to referral to a rheumatologist (delay 3: initial HCP delay).

  • Referral to a rheumatologist to assessment by that rheumatologist (delay 4: rheumatologist delay).