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Table 1 Priority grade changes by aggregated diagnostic groups

From: Changes of triage by GPs during the course of prehospital emergency situations in a Norwegian rural community

   Priority grade changes P-values
Diagnostic group Total Unchanged Upgraded Downgraded Upgraded Downgraded
  % N % N % N % N   
Cardiac and cerebrovascular diseases* 100 86 56 49 10 9 32 28 0.864 0.020
Syncope, seizures, trauma, intoxication 100 76 39 30 3 2 57 44 0.004 0.001
Respiratory distress 100 30 50 15 13 4 37 11 0.753 0.494
Acute abdomen# 100 19 42 8 37 7 21 4 <0.001 0.036
Others 100 27 33 9 15 4 52 14 0.511 0.293
Total 100 238 47 111 11 26 42 101   
  1. Pearson’s chi-square tests performed for upgrading and downgrading of each diagnostic group compared with all patients not belonging to that group. Fisher’s exact test if number in cell was < 5. Not relevant cases were excluded from statistical analyses (N = 2).
  2. *Exclusive syncope and seizures.
  3. #Inclusive gastrointestinal haemorrhage.