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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of Toronto Central CCAC clients, with and without an informal caregiver

From: The effect of informal caregiver support on utilization of acute health services among home care clients: a prospective observational study

Variable Presence of an Informal Caregiver (n = 215), n (%) Absence of an informal Caregiver (n = 264), n (%)
Use of Acute Care Services
 Occurrence of an EDVH 114 (53.0%) 126 (47.7%)
 Occurrence of an Emergency room visit 111 (51.6%) 124 (47.0%)
 Occurrence of a Hospitalization 85 (39.5%) 89 (33.7%)
Age (years), mean (STD) 82.7 (10.5) 82.0 (11.5)
Gender
 Male 89 (41.4%) 83 (31.4%)
 Female 126 (58.6%) 181 (68.6%)
Marital Status   
 Married 118 (54.9%) 27 (10.2%)
 Not Married 97 (45.1%) 237 (89.8%)
English as the Primary Language
 Yes 98 (45.6%) 151 (57.2%)
 No 117 (54.4%) 113 (42.8%)
Education Level
 Bachelor or Higher 15 (7.0%) 18 (6.8%)
 High School 26 (12.1%) 33 (12.5%)
 Less than High School 79 (36.7%) 81 (30.7%)
 Some Post-Secondary or Technical trade school 24 (11.2%) 39 (14.8%)
 Unknown 71 (33.0%) 93 (35.2%)