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Table 2 Cohort baseline characteristics, according to AEC service availability

From: The association of asthma education centre characteristics on hospitalizations and emergency department visits in Ontario: a population-based study

  Fulltime extended hours Part-time extended hours Fulltime regular hours Part-time regular hours No AEC access
N = 33 353
N = 9 857 N = 17 780 N = 6 365 N = 7 699
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Male 5 052 (51.3%) 8 993 (50.6%) 3 044 (47.8%) 4 017 (52.2%) 16 491 (49.4%)
Age group (years)     
  2-4 2 005 (20.3%) 3 329 (18.7%) 847 (13.3%) 1 956 (25.4%) 5 392 (16.2%)
  5-9 1 671 (17.0%) 3 055 (17.2%) 784 (12.3%) 1 493 (19.4%) 5 165 (15.5%)
  10-14 972 (9.9%) 1 762 (9.9%) 560 (8.8%) 794 (10.3%) 3 336 (10.0%)
  15-19 738 (7.5%) 1 394 (7.8%) 585 (9.2%) 521 (6.8%) 2 907 (8.7%)
  20-24 835 (8.5%) 1 534 (8.6%) 674 (10.6%) 541 (7.0%) 2 831 (8.5%)
  25-29 710 (7.2%) 1 323 (7.4%) 587 (9.2%) 446 (5.8%) 2 494 (7.5%)
  30-39 1 218 (12.4%) 2 257 (12.7%) 1 012 (15.9%) 865 (11.2%) 4 725 (14.2%)
  40-55 1 708 (17.3%) 3 126 (17.6%) 1 316 (20.7%) 1 083 (14.1%) 6 503 (19.5%)
Income quintile     
  1 (lowest) 2 244 (22.8%) 4 893 (27.5%) 1 735 (27.3%) 2 200 (28.6%) 7 826 (23.5%)
  2 2 349 (23.8%) 4 047 (22.8%) 1 370 (21.5%) 1 599 (20.8%) 6 820 (20.4%)
  3 2 383 (24.2%) 3 301 (18.6%) 1 220 (19.2%) 1 336 (17.4%) 6 466 (19.4%)
  4 1 716 (17.4%) 2 999 (16.9%) 1 040 (16.3%) 1 265 (16.4%) 6 573 (19.7%)
  5 (highest) 1 150 (11.7%) 2 511 (14.1%) 979 (15.4%) 1 256 (16.3%) 5 578 (16.7%)
  Missing 15 (0.2%) 29 (0.2%) 21 (0.3%) 43 (0.6%) 90 (0.3%)
Rural 283 (2.9%) 519 (2.9%) 1 333 (20.9%) 502 (6.5%) 6 496 (19.5%)
Acuity at index event    
  Inpatient admission     
  2 237 (22.7%) 3 060 (17.2%) 722 (11.3%) 1 145 (14.9%) 4 865 (14.6%)
  Highest acuity CTAS 1-2 ED Visit    
  2 402 (24.4%) 3 971 (22.3%) 1 079 (17.0%) 1 530 (19.9%) 5 456 (16.4%)
  Urgent acuity (CTAS 3) ED Visit   
  5 218 (52.9%) 10 749 (60.5%) 4 564 (71.7%) 5 024 (65.3%) 23 032 (69.1%)
Any primary care services in previous 2 years   
  9 232 (93.7%) 16 996 (95.6%) 5 851 (91.9%) 7 286 (94.6%) 31 535 (94.5%)
Pre-existing asthma    
  7 653 (77.6%) 13 819 (77.7%) 4 796 (75.3%) 5 774 (75.0%) 26 323 (78.9%)
Specialist asthma visit in previous 2 years    
  5 104 (51.8%) 9 814 (55.2%) 2 607 (41.0%) 4 539 (59.0%) 16 934 (50.8%)
Asthma admissions in previous 2 years    
  414 (4.2%) 641 (3.6%) 155 (2.4%) 286 (3.7%) 1 021 (3.1%)
Asthma ED visits in previous 2 years   
  1 390 (14.1%) 2 735 (15.4%) 952 (15.0%) 1 106 (14.4%) 4 906 (14.7%)
Hospital type      
  Community 8 716 (88.4%) 13 744 (77.3%) 4 355 (68.4%) 5 888 (76.5%) 25 941 (77.8%)
  Small 845 (8.6%) 0 (0%) 272 (4.3%) 0 (0%) 3 265 (9.8%)
  Teaching 296 (3.0%) 4 036 (22.7%) 1 738 (27.3%) 1 811 (23.5%) 4 147 (12.4%)