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Table 2 NT public hospital inpatient characteristics (persons and episodes), by Aboriginal status and frequent use duration, 2005–2013

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

  Aboriginal patients Non-Aboriginal patients
occasional 1 FU yr 2+ FU yrs occasional 1 FU yr 2+ FU yrs
Personsa
Total number 25 379 4 644 2 400 65 650 5 814 1 484
 Female (%) 56.4 65.4 63.7 52.5 55.6 41.0
 Median age (years)b 30 33 36 38 45 55
 Rural/remote residencec (%) 69.6 68.3 65.6 18.9 16.5 14.8
 Alcohol-related flag (%) 18.5 36.8 61.9 3.9 9.8 18.8
 Mental health flag (%) 6.4 13.8 33.2 3.7 9.3 18.5
 Pregnancy-related flag (%) 25.3 33.5 23.6 21.1 30.6 14.4
Frequent use (FU) years
 Number of FU years   4 644 7 207   5 814 3 835
 Mean FU years per person 1 3.0   1 2.6
 (95% C.I.)   (2.9, 3.1)    (2.5, 2.6)
 Number of episodes in FU years 23 853 45 521   33 171 26 426
 Mean episodes per FU year   5.1 6.3   5.7 6.9
 (95% C.I.)   (5.1, 5.2) (6.2, 6.4)   (5.6, 5.8) (6.7, 7.1)
 Number of inpatient days in FU years 116 499 209 397   138 230 115 161
 Mean LOS (days) per episode   4.88 4.60   4.17 4.36
Episodesd
Total number 67 358 38 096 54 042 124 211 44 342 30 611
 Female (%) 61.7 65.5 60.3 54.4 53.1 40.1
 Rural/remote residencec (%) 70.1 67.7 61.8 18.5 16.0 13.4
 Alcohol-related condition (%) 10.5 11.8 18.0 2.5 3.0 3.6
 Mental health condition (%) 3.7 4.1 6.4 2.7 3.3 4.9
 Pregnancy-related condition (%) 20.5 18.2 6.7 18.9 17.3 5.8
  1. anumber of persons
  2. bBased on age at first episode
  3. cBased on residence at first episode - excludes records with unknown residence as noted in Table 1
  4. dnumber of inpatient episodes