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Table 2 Characteristics of study participants

From: Not all waits are equal: an exploratory investigation of emergency care patient pathways

Characteristics of participants Hospital A Hospital B Hospital C Hospital D Total
Number of participants 30 30 24 24 108
Presentation
 Cardio-respiratory 19 15 16 14 64
 Older age 11 15 8 10 44
Gender
 Female 15 16 12 12 55
 Male 15 14 12 12 53
Age (range, median) 26–94, 65 18–93, 78 23–94, 70 47–99, 82 18–99, 76
Ethnicity
 White 29 30 24 24 107
 BME 1 0 0 0 1
Characteristics of care process during patient journey
 A health professional referred the patient through the acute care route:      
  No – ED only route 19 23 13 17 72
  Yes – Medically expected route (which may include ED for some sites) 11 7 11 7 36
 No. care/waiting episodes recorded per patient (range, median) 10–51, 26.5 12–72, 31.5 21–75, 41 26–88, 50 10–88, 34
 No. different staff encountered per patient (range, median) 2–10, 4 2–21, 5 3–12, 7.5 6–13, 8.5 2–21, 6