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Table 3 Circumstances and reasons provided for attending the ED

From: Nonurgent patients in the emergency department? A French formula to prevent misuse

  Accepting
n = 58
Not accepting
n = 27
Total
n = 85
p
  n (%*) n (%*) n  
Day of ED visit     0.277
   Weekday 36 (62.1) 20 (74.1) 56  
   Weekend day 22 (37.9) 7 (25.9) 29  
Previous contact with a GP     0.225
   Yes 16 (27.6) 11 (40.7) 27  
   No 42 (72.4) 16 (59.3) 58  
Duration of presenting problem     0.941
   ≤ 1 day 37 (63.8) 17 (63.0) 54  
   > 1 day 21 (36.2) 10 (37.0) 31  
Referral to the ED     0.664
   Self/Relative referral 46 (79.3) 19 (70.4) 65  
   GP 9 (15.5) 6 (22.2) 15  
   Employer 3 (5.2) 2 (7.4) 5  
Mean level of urgency perceived by the patient (± SD**) 9.4 ± 5.5 13.0 ± 5.2 10.6 ± 5.6  
Pain     0.577
   Yes 38 (65.5) 16 (59.3) 54  
   No 20 (34.5) 11 (40.7) 31  
Principal reason for attending the ED (n = 83)     0.100
   Somatic injuries 24 (42.1) 16 (61.5) 40  
   Traumatic injuries 33 (57.9) 10 (38.5) 43  
Diagnostic investigation(s) performed at the ED     0.348
   Yes 21 (36.2) 7 (25.9) 28  
   No 37 (63.8) 20 (74.1) 57  
Treatment for trauma performed at the ED     1.000
   Yes 4 (6.9) 2 (7.4) 6  
   No 54 (93.1) 25 (92.6) 79  
  1. * Column percentages, ** SD: standard deviation
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