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Table 1 Comparison of RBWH patients’ demographic and clinical characteristics in the pre- and post-test period

From: Hospital in the Nursing Home program reduces emergency department presentations and hospital admissions from residential aged care facilities in Queensland, Australia: a quasi-experimental study

Indicators ED presentation to RBWH Hospital admission to RBWH
3-month Pre-test 3-month Post-test p-value 3-month Pre-test 3-month Post-test p-value
(n = 449) (n = 393) (n = 256) (n = 196)
Age Group, n (%)    0.997    0.913
  < 65 29 (6.5) 26 (6.6)   9 (3.5) 10 (5.1)  
 65–74 58 (12.9) 49 (12.5)   32 (12.5) 21 (10.7)  
 75–84 137 (30.5) 123 (31.3)   81 (31.6) 63 (32.1)  
 85–94 193 (43.0) 169 (43.0)   113 (44.1) 86 (43.9)  
  ≥ 95 32 (7.1) 26 (6.6)   21 (8.2) 16 (8.2)  
Gender, n (%)    0.887    0.239
 Male 168 (37.4) 145 (36.9)   88 (34.4) 78 (39.8)  
 Female 281 (62.6) 248 (63.1)   168 (65.6) 118 (60.2)  
Australasian Triage Scalea, n (%)    0.480    0.225
 ATS 1&2 (seen immediately) 80 (17.8) 78 (19.8)   57 (22.3) 54 (27.6)  
 ATS 3–5 (can wait) 369 (82.2) 315 (80.2)   199 (77.7) 142 (72.4)  
Attendance Day, n (%)    1.000    0.467
 Weekday 339 (75.5) 296 (75.3)   184 (71.9) 134 (68.4)  
 Weekend 110 (24.5) 97 (24.7)   72 (28.1) 62 (31.6)  
Attendance Time, n (%)    0.105    0.687
 Working hours 284 (63.3) 227 (57.8)   86 (33.6) 62 (31.6)  
 After hours 165 (36.7) 166 (42.2)   170 (66.4) 134 (68.4)  
Primary Diagnosis, n (%)    0.003**    0.007**
 Injury & Poisoning 104 (23.2) 108 (27.5)   59 (23.0) 40 (20.4)  
 Respiratory 51 (11.4) 39 (9.9)   36 (14.1) 27 (13.8)  
 Circulatory 42 (9.4) 31 (7.9)   28 (10.9) 20 (10.2)  
 Digestive 40 (8.9) 14 (3.6)   27 (10.5) 6 (3.1)  
 Genitourinary 22 (4.9) 29 (7.4)   12 (4.7) 21 (10.7)  
 Musculoskeletal & Skin 38 (8.5) 18 (4.6)   20 (7.8) 9 (4.6)  
 Mental & Neurological 23 (5.1) 17 (4.3)   6 (2.3) 9 (4.6)  
 Other 129 (28.7) 137 (34.9)   68 (26.6) 64 (32.7)  
  1. * p < 0.05, ** p < 0.01
  2. aATS 1&2: patients who must be seen immediately; ATS 3-5: Patients who can wait and will be seen in order of arrival