Table 1

Study characteristics
Study, year Design Setting Population Data collection periods n Intervention / comparator Outcomes measured
Uppal, 2003 [19] and Uppal, 2004 [20] Historically controlled trial Otolaryngology department; UK hospital Patients undergoing nasal septal surgery Dec 2000 to Jan 2002 75 Telephone call with ENT nurse six weeks after surgery using standardised protocol Patient satisfaction with follow-up
Direct costs
Indirect costs
Total costs of follow-up
mean age 42 years; 76% male Jan 1999 to Dec 2000 78 Clinic appointment with surgeon (time not specified)
Sittitavornwong, 2005 [21] RCT Oral and maxillofacial surgery department, US University Patients undergoing third molar removal performed under general anaesthetic Not reported 23 Telephone call at two weeks after surgery using a questionnaire Patient satisfaction with follow-up
Post-operative morbidity
mean age 20 years; 38% male 25 Clinic appointment at two weeks Incidence of post-operative help
Susarla, 2011 [22] Retrospective cohort Oral and maxillofacial surgery department in a tertiary referral centre, US Patients undergoing tooth extraction in an ambulatory setting July 2007 to June 2009 155 Telephone call with surgeon five to 10 days after surgery using a standardised proforma Frequency of intra-operative or postoperative complication
Compliance with follow-up
Patient satisfaction with follow-up
mean age 28.6 years; 39% male 209 Clinic appointment with surgeon seven to 10 days after surgery No. of post-operative visits
Mandal, 2004 [23] Prospective cohort Eye infirmary; UK hospital Patients undergoing cataract surgery Not reported 100 Home visit by ophthalmic nurse one day after surgery Feelings of reassurance
Level of understanding of post-operative information
100 Clinic appointment with ophthalmic nurse one day after surgery Satisfaction with length of review
100 Telephone call using a structured review form one day after surgery

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