Table 1

Characteristics of dataset by diagnostic category

Diagnostic categoryNumber of appointments (proportion*)Mean age (SD)Proportion femaleNumber of appointments resulting in at least one test (proportion†)Number of patients offered follow-up appointment (proportion†)Average number of tests ordered per appointment
Headache (all)378 (0.19)44.4 (16.9)0.69165 (0.44)41 (0.11)0.49
Seizure/epilepsy282 (0.15)43.2 (18.6)0.41146 (0.52)205 (0.73)0.82
Psychological/functional189 (0.10)44.3 (14.9)0.6385 (0.45)36 (0.19)0.69
Movement disorders (all)180 (0.09)61.5 (18.0)0.4855 (0.31)94 (0.52)0.36
Peripheral nerve/neuromuscular166 (0.09)59.5 (15.3)0.49119 (0.72)40 (0.24)0.84
Spinal disorders98 (0.05)60.0 (15.3)0.4580 (0.82)20 (0.20)1.32
Syncope/transient loss of consciousness97 (0.05)45.8 (18.1)0.5458 (0.60)19 (0.20)1.03
Stroke (all)92 (0.05)62.1 (16.3)0.4642 (0.46)38 (0.41)0.66
No definite neurological diagnosis66 (0.03)48.2 (17.5)0.5841 (0.62)25 (0.38)0.97
Multiple sclerosis/demyelination43 (0.02)47.4 (14.9)0.7721 (0.49)34 (0.79)1.09
General medical30 (0.02)48.3 (18.3)0.5714 (0.47)4 (0.13)0.50
Dementia20 (0.01)74.9 (11.7)0.309 (0.45)9 (0.45)0.45
No diagnosis made12 (0.01)49.6 (9.6)0.830 (0.00)0 (0.00)0.00
Brain tumour10 (0.01)69.8 (16.4)0.806 (0.60)2 (0.20)0.70
Muscle9 (0.00)47.3 (21.5)0.335 (0.56)6 (0.67)1.33
Motor neuron disease8 (0.00)67.4 (7.9)0.754 (0.50)7 (0.88)0.5
Miscellaneous neurological disorders271 (0.14)50.6 (18.8)0.62162 (0.60)107 (0.39)0.83
Total/summary195150.0 (18.6)0.561012 (0.52)686 (0.35)0.75
  • χ2 test of independence of number of appointments resulting in at least one test and diagnostic category: p<0.5×10–10. χ2 test of independence of number of patients offered follow-up appointment and diagnostic category: p<0.5×10–10.

  • *Proportion of column total.

  • †Proportion of diagnostic category.