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Table 2 Characteristics of all hospitalizations within 1 year for adults, aged 18 years and older with at least one priority chronic condition, Ontario, Canada, April 1, 2009 – March 31, 2010

From: The association between multimorbidity and hospitalization is modified by individual demographics and physician continuity of care: a retrospective cohort study

  Number of priority chronic conditions  
  1 2 3 4 5+ Total
Number of Individuals 2844033 1548197 812429 405766 348089 5958514
Any hospitalization, N (%) 131029 (4.6) 108939 (7.0) 87273 (10.7) 64120 (15.8) 93511 (26.9) 484872 (8.1)
3+ hospitalizations, N (%a) 5581 (4.3) 6680 (6.1) 6893 (7.9) 6048 (9.4) 12907 (13.8) 38109 (7.9)
Hospitalizations
 Total Number of Hospitalizations 156507 138190 116481 89293 145876 646347
 Hospitalization for an existing chronic condition, N (%b) 10,963 (7.0) 20,304 (14.7) 22,392 (19.2) 19,305 (21.6) 35,224 (24.1) 108,188 (16.7)
 Hospitalization for a new chronic condition, N (%b) 14503 (9.3) 14700 (10.6) 12381 (10.6) 8949 (10.0) 14401 (9.9) 64934 (10.0)
 Length of stay, days Median (IQR) 3 (1–5) 3 (2–6) 4 (2–8) 5 (2–9) 6 (3–11) 4 (2–7)
 Non-medical discharge delay, N (%b) 4832 (3.1) 7769 (5.6) 9477 (8.1) 8901 (10.0) 17622 (12.1) 48601 (7.5)
 Discharge due to death, N (%b) 3942 (3.0) 6138 (5.6) 7041 (8.1) 6667 (10.4) 14111 (15.1) 37899 (7.8)
 30-day readmission among those discharged alive, N (%c) 9284 (7.3) 10076 (9.8) 9503 (11.8) 8171 (14.2) 15842 (20.0) 52876 (11.8)
  1. IQR interquartile range
  2. a% of individuals with any hospitalization; b% of all hospitalizations; c% of all hospitalizations where patient was discharged alive