Table 1

Comparison of contact slips issued and contact attendances

October–November 2000February–March 2001Significance
Total number of index patients210214
Number of patients meeting inclusion criteria136133
Number of patients not issued contact slip(s)33 (24%)4 (3%)p<0.0005
Number of patients issued contact slip(s)103 (76%)129 (97%)2 test)
Number of contact slips issued144190
Mean number of contact slips issued per patient1.4 (range 0–4)1.4 (range 0–4)
Number of contacts attending for treatment48160p<0.0005
Contacts attending per contact slip issued0.30.82 test)
Contacts attending per index patient0.5 (range 0–3)1.2 (range 0–4)