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Table 4 Period from admission date to long term follow-up, and patient global impression of change, ever-surgery and current treatment status in long term follow-up group

From: Long term follow-up of cervical intervertebral disc herniation inpatients treated with integrated complementary and alternative medicine: a prospective case series observational study

Variables n (%) / mean (sd)
Period from admission date to long term follow-up (days) 625.36 ± 196.7
No. of admissions
 1 admission 108 (92.3)
 2 admissions 5 (4.3)
 3 admissions 4 (3.4)
PGIC at discharge
 Very satisfied 41 (38.3)
 Satisfied 51 (47.7)
 Slightly satisfied 12 (11.2)
 Dissatisfied 3 (2.8)
 Very dissatisfied
PGIC at long term follow-up
 Very satisfied 48 (41.0)
 Satisfied 45 (38.5)
 Slightly satisfied 18 (15.4)
 Dissatisfied 6 (5.1)
 Very dissatisfied -
Ever-surgery after dischargea
 No 156 (7.6)
 Yes (1 surgery) 9 (92.4)
Current treatmentb
 None 96 (82.1)
 CAM 10 (8.5)
Conventional treatment 12 (10.3)
  1. PGIC patient global impression of change; CAM Complementary and alternative medicine
  2. aEver-surgery referred to cervical operations undertaken between discharge and long term follow-up
  3. bCurrent treatment included treatments received within a week previous to long term follow-up, and types were recategorized into CAM and conventional treatments