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Table 1 Baseline patient characteristics

From: The effectiveness of emergency nurse practitioner service in the management of patients presenting to rural hospitals with chest pain: a multisite prospective longitudinal nested cohort study

  Standard care
n = 38
ENP service
n = 23
p value
Sex
 Male 19 7  
 Female 19 16 0.18
Age - years
 Mean (SD) 61.7 (15.4) 59.9 (16.0) 0.66
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status (n = 52)
 Not ATSI 25 22  
 Aboriginal not TSI 3 1  
 TSI not aboriginal 1 0 0.47
Employment status (n = 60)
 Employed 11 8  
 Pensioner 21 12  
 Unemployed 2 0  
 Student 1 0  
 Home duties 1 2  
 Other 1 1 0.67
Highest level of education (n = 57)
 Primary school only 16 6  
 High school 11 5  
 Higher qualifications 9 10 0.21
Australasian Triage Score category (n = 54)
 ATS 2 21 5  
 ATS 3 13 11  
 ATS 4 2 2 0.10
Regular general practitioner (n = 59)
 Yes 35 19  
 No 2 3 0.35
Emergency department attendances in the past year (n = 60)
 Median (IQR) 2 (4) 1 (2) 0.26
General practitioner service use in past year (n = 56)
 Not at all 0 1  
 Once or twice 13 3  
 Every couple of months 14 13  
 Once a month 2 2  
 More regularly 5 3 0.28
Nurse practitioner service use in past year (n = 58)
 Not at all 30 19  
 Once or twice 4 3  
 Once a month 2 0 0.72