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Table 2 Patterns of health care engagement and characteristics of the index hospitalization

From: Patterns of engagement with the health care system and risk of subsequent hospitalization amongst patients with diabetes

Characteristics N (%)*
Number of Primary Care Physician Visits†  
  0 1133 (3.4)
  1-4 7655 (22.6)
  5-9 12487 (36.9)
  10+ 12536 (37.1)
Rate of Primary Care Physician Visits Post Discharge, (visits/year) median (IQR) 9.2 (5.0-18.0)
Number of Emergency Department Visits†  
  0 14915 (44.1)
  1 8161 (24.1)
  2 4216 (12.5)
  3+ 6519 (19.3)
Length of stay during index hospitalization, days, median (IQR) 5 (3–10)
  <5 14730 (43.6)
  5-9 10044 (29.7)
  10+ 9037 (26.7)
Hospitalization type for index hospitalization  
  Elective 10034 (29.7)
  Emergent/Urgent 23777 (70.3)
Most Responsible Diagnosis of index hospitalization  
  Cancer 2999 (8.9)
  Mental Health 1627 (4.8)
  Circulatory 5565 (16.4)
  Respiratory 2559 (7.6)
  Digestive 4154 (12.3)
  Musculoskeletal 3129 (9.2)
  Urinary 2662 (7.9)
  Injury/Accident 6152 (18.2)
  Other 4964 (14.7)
Discharge disposition of index hospitalization  
  Transferred to long-term care facility 1415 (4.2)
  Transferred to palliative/hospice 129 (0.4)
  Discharged to home setting with support services 4754 (14.1)
  Discharged home 27123 (80.2)
  Signed out against medical advice 390 (1.1)
  1. *All values expressed as proportions unless otherwise specified.
  2. †In 1-year period prior to index hospitalization.