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Table 1 Patient characteristics at index admission to tertiary hospital in 2007

From: One third of hospital costs for atherothrombotic disease are attributable to readmissions: a linked data analysis

Characteristics n = 6172
Age, mean (SD) 65.3952 (11.82)
Age group, n (%)  
  35-44 years 321 (5.20)
  45-54 years 912 (14.78)
  55-64 years 1499 (24.29)
  65-74 years 1758 (28.48)
  75-84 years 1682 (27.25)
Male, n (%) 4036 (65.39)
Episode length of stay, median (min, max) 3 (1, 357)
Accessibility and remoteness, n (%) n = 5902
  Major city 4678 (79.26)
  Inner regional 677 (11.47)
  Outer regional 333 (5.64)
  Remote 137 (2.32)
  Very remote 77 (1.30)
Australian socio-economic indices for area – Disadvantage, n (%) n = 5902
  Most Q1 1243 (21.06)
  Q2 1302 (22.06)
  Q3 1336 (22.64)
  Q4 1041 (17.64)
  Least Q5 980 (16.60)
Atherothrombotic disease subtype at index admission
  Coronary heart disease, n (%) 4571 (74.06)
  Cerebrovascular disease, n (%) 1242 (20.12)
  Peripheral arterial disease, n (%) 359 (5.8)
History of polyvascular disease at index admission 768 (12.44)
Comorbidities at index admission
  Hypertension, n (%) 4009 (64.95)
  Diabetes, n (%) 1683 (27.27)
  Chronic kidney disease, n (%) 758 (12.28)
  Atrial fibrillation, n (%) 1005 (16.28)
  Heart failure, n (%) 862 (13.97)
  Chronic lung disease, n (%) 764 (12.38)
  Cancer, n (%) 1636 (26.51)