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Table 1 NT public hospital episodes and inpatient characteristics, by Aboriginal status, 2005–2013

From: Frequent use of hospital inpatient services during a nine year period: a retrospective cohort study

  Aboriginal Non-Aboriginal TOTAL
Patients Episodes Patients Episodes Patients Episodes
Total study population (n) 32 423 159 496 72 948 199 164 105 371 358 660
 Female (%) 58.2 62.1 52.5 51.9 54.3 56.5
 Median age (years)a 31   39   36  
 Rural/remote residence (%)b 69.1 66.7 18.6 17.1 34.2 39.2
 Alcohol-related flag (%) 24.4 13.3 4.6 2.8 10.7 7.5
 Mental health flag (%) 9.4 4.7 4.4 3.2 6.0 3.9
 Pregnancy-related flag (%) 26.3 15.3 21.7 16.5 23.1 16.0
Any frequent use (FU) (%) 21.7 57.8 10.0 37.7 13.6 46.6
 1 FU year (%) 14.3 23.9 8.0 22.3 9.9 23.0
 2+ FU years (%) 7.4 33.9 2.0 15.4 3.7 23.6
  1. aBased on age at first episode
  2. bBased on residence at first episode - excludes 70 (0.22%) Aboriginal persons with 102 (0.06%) episodes and 36 (0.05%) non-Aboriginal persons with 57 (0.03%) episodes with recorded unknown residence