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Table 2 Characteristics of people admitted to nursing care homes (data are percentages unless otherwise stated; SD = standard deviation) (N=845)

From: Estimating length of stay in publicly-funded residential and nursing care homes: a retrospective analysis using linked administrative data sets

  Coastal town (n=103) Rural county (n=573) London suburb (n=169) All (n=845)
Mean age in years (SD) 86.3 (6.9) 84.6 (7.1) 85.5 (8.5) 85.0 (7.4)
  65-79 16.5 20.8 24.3 20.9
  80-84 25.2 27.9 20.1 26.0
  85-89 19.4 25.8 17.8 23.4
  90+ 38.8 25.5 37.9 29.6
Female 70.9 59.0 69.8 62.6
Mean deprivation (IMD 2004) score (SD)* 25.8 (3.6) 17.2 (4.1) 20.2 (6.7) 18.8 (5.5)
  1st quartile 0.0 0.2 4.1 0.9
  2nd quartile 2.9 47.6 30.8 38.8
  3rd quartile 77.7 51.8 56.2 55.9
  4th quartile 19.4 0.3 8.9 4.4
Service use in three months before admission     
  Day care 6.8 12.4 1.2 9.5
  Domiciliary care 30.1 29.7 11.8 26.2
  Other social care 14.6 13.4 10.7 13.0
  Emergency admission 37.9 57.8 64.5 56.7
  Elective admission 6.8 16.1 3.6 12.4
  Outpatient attendance 24.3 29.7 23.7 27.8
  1. * Based on Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 of the general practice. First quartile is least deprived; fourth quartile is most deprived.