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Table 2 Univariate multilevel analyses for the association between missing discharge letters and patient and admission characteristics adjusted for clustering at the hospital level and hospital department level

From: Association of admission and patient characteristics with quality of discharge letters: posthoc analysis of a retrospective study

  OR for missing discharge letter (95% CI)
Type of hospital
 University 1.16 (0.57–2.35)
 Tertiary teaching 1.21 (0.67–2.17)
 General RC
Admission department
 Cardiology RC
 Surgery 0.96 (0.59–1.58)
 Internal medicine 1.00 (0.64–1.58)
 Ear, nose, throat 1.67 (0.82–3.40)
 Lung diseases 0.78 (0.45–1.35)
 Neurology 0.31 (0.15–0.62)**
 Orthopaedics 1.18 (0.66–2.10)
 Urology 0.72 (0.34–1.54)
 Other 0.52 (0.31–0.85)**
Age cat
 1–18 years 1.02 (0.55–1.88)
 19–40 years 1.32 (0.85–2.03)
 41–65 years 1.05 (0.79–1.39)
 66–79 years 1.19 (0.91–1.55)
 >80 years RC
Urgently admitted patients 0.70 (0.56–0.87)**
Patients deceased during admission 0.81 (0.66–1.00)
Admission is a readmission 1.30 (1.05–1.60)*
Admission is followed by an unplanned readmission 0.89 (0.61–1.30)
Admission to a non-surgical unit 0.81 (0.60–1.09)
Length of hospital stay 0.99 (0.98–1.00)*
Charlson index of comorbidity
 Score > =3 1.35 (0.94–1.94)
One or more positive screening criteria 0.67 (0.54–0.83)**
Adverse event 0.70 (0.48–1.02)
Potential preventable adverse event 0.73 (0.37–1.44)
  1. * p < 0.05
  2. ** p < 0.01