Table 5

 Between group differences in time lost from work.* Data are mean (standard deviation), median (interquartile range), and sample size, unless stated otherwise

Reason for time lost from workUsual carePhysioDirectArm time ratio (95% CI)†P
Condition for which referred (days)
 Baseline3.10 (7.72), 0 (0-2), 3953.00 (7.53), 0 (0-2), 866NANA
 6 weeks5.35 (15.22), 0 (0-2), 2534.39 (11.44), 0 (0-2), 511−0.95 (−3.02 to 1.05)0.27
 6 months7.14 (22.24), 0 (0-2), 2007.01 (18.03), 0 (0-3), 3900.08 (−3.21 to 3.35)0.94
Physiotherapy (h)
 BaselineNANANANA
 6 weeks0.40 (1.21), 0 (0-0), 6560.40 (2.35), 0 (0-0), 1340−0.01 (−0.14 to 0.18)0.94
 6 months0.98 (2.80), 0 (0 to 0), 5980.95 (4.73), 0 (0-0), 1211−0.04 (−0.37 to 0.33)0.85

NA=not applicable.

*Analysis only included patients who were in work.

†Adjusting for baseline outcome, age, sex, referral problem, and primary care trust.