Table 3 Difference in proportions of patients coded as time-critical or non-time-critical by pain severity
Pain categoryTime-critical response (%)Non-time-critical response (%)Difference in proportions (95% CI, p)
No pain (NRS 0) n  =  10561/105 (58%)44/105 (42%)−16% (−29 to −3%, p = 0.02)
Mild pain (NRS 1–3) n  =  266157/266 (59%)109/266 (41%)−18% (−26 to −10%, p<0.001)
Moderate pain (NRS 4–7) n  =  456281/456 (62%)175/456 (38%)−23% (−30 to −17%, p<0.001)
Severe pain (NRS 8–10) n  =  419217/419 (52%)202/419 (48%)−4% (−10 to +3%, p = 0.30)
Totals716/1246 (58%)530/1246 (43%)−15% (−19 to −11%, P = 0.02)
  • NRS, numeric rating scale.