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Table 1 Demographic and clinical baseline descriptive statistics of chronically ill patients in a prospective cohort study in western Sydney, Australia (n, %)

From: Demographic and clinical predictors of unplanned hospital utilisation among chronically ill patients: a prospective cohort study

Risk factor Categories n
Sex Male 153 (49.7)
  Female 155 (50.3)
Marital Status Married 146 (48.0)
  Separated or Divorced 45 (14.8)
  Single or Widowed 113 (37.2)
Language Spoken at Home English 277 (93.6)
  Other 19 (6.4)
English Literacy No 85 (27.6)
  Yes 223 (72.4)
Carer Status Live-In Carer 133 (43.6)
  Visiting Carer 91 (29.8)
  No Carer 81 (26.6)
Social Isolation No 230 (74.7)
  Yes 78 (25.3)
Source of Transport Own Car 121 (40.2)
  Carer 129 (42.9)
  Public or Ambulance 51 (16.9)
Employment Status Retired 254 (84.4)
  Working/Studying 47 (15.6)
Education Level (completed) Primary 201 (67.5)
  Secondary 83 (27.9)
  Tertiary 14 (4.7)
Body Mass Index Underweight 13 (5.1)
  Normal 82 (32.4)
  Overweight 69 (27.3)
  Obese 89 (35.2)
Smoking Status Never 108 (36.0)
  Former 170 (56.7)
  Current 22 (7.3)
Alcohol Consumption No 233 (75.7)
  Yes 75 (24.4)
Falls History No 177 (60.8)
  Yes 114 (39.2)
Visual Impairment No 93 (31.0)
  Yes 207 (69.0)
Hearing Impairment No 162 (53.8)
  Yes 139 (46.2)
Heart Disease Comorbidity No 87 (28.3)
  Yes 221 (71.2)
Respiratory Comorbidity No 171 (55.5)
  Yes 137 (44.5)
Diabetes Comorbidity No 204 (66.2)
  Yes 104 (33.8)
Current Cancer Comorbidity No 284 (92.2)
  Yes 24 (7.8)
Musculoskeletal Comorbidity No 143 (46.4)
  Yes 165 (53.6)