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Table 1 Key characteristics of client files by geographic location, age and CQI participation in Indigenous children aged 3–59 months

From: Quality of social and emotional wellbeing services for families of young Indigenous children attending primary care centers; a cross sectional analysis

   Geographic location Age (months) CQI participation (number of audits completed)
Total Remote Rural Urban 3–11 12–23 24–59 1 2 > = 3
Total 2466 2010 (81.51%) 371 (15.0%) 85 (3.5%) 609 (24.7%) 532 (21.6%) 1325 (53.7%) 410 (16.6%) 569 (23.1%) 1487 (60.3%)
Health service characteristics
Governance
 Aboriginal community controlled 573 (23.2%) 319 (15.9%) 224 (60.4%) 30 (35.3%) 133 (21.8%) 118 (22.2%) 322 (24.3%) 77 (18.8%) 182 (32.0%) 314 (21.1%)
 Government 1893 (76.8%) 1691 (84.1%) 147 (39.6%) 55 (64.7%) 476 (78.2%) 414 (77.8%) 1003 (75.7%) 333 (81.2%) 387 (68.0%) 1173 (78.9%)
Health service provider who first saw the child
 Indigenous health worker 338 (13.7%) 220 (10.9%) 94 (25.3%) 24 (28.2%) 69 (11.3%) 67 (12.6%) 202 (15.2%) 21 (5.1%) 88 (15.5%) 229 (15.4%)
 Nurse 1723 (69.9%) 1505 (74.9%) 176 (47.4%) 42 (49.4%) 460 (75.5%) 381 (71.6%) 882 (66.6%) 286 (69.8%) 430 (75.6%) 1007 (67.7%)
 General practitioner 271 (11.0%) 163 (8.1%) 90 (24.3%) 18 (21.2%) 62 (10.2%) 60 (11.3%) 149 (11.2%) 81 (19.8%) 27 (4.7%) 163 (11.0%)
 Other 117 (4.7%) 106 (5.3%) 10 (2.7%) 1 (1.2%) 16 (2.6%) 20 (3.8%) 81 (6.1%) 21 (5.1%) 24 (4.2%) 72 (4.8%)
 Missing 17 (0.7%) 16 (0.8%) 1 (0.3%) 0 (0.0%) 2 (0.3%) 4 (0.8%) 11 (0.8%) 1 (0.2%) 0 (0.0%) 16 (1.1%)
Year of data collection
 2012 488 (19.8%) 319 (15.9%) 148 (39.9%) 21 (24.7%) 127 (20.9%) 107 (20.1%) 254 (19.2%) 196 (47.8%) 84 (14.8%) 208 (14.0%)
 2013 1334 (54.1%) 1163 (57.9%) 171 (46.1%) 0 (0.0%) 313 (51.4%) 276 (51.9%) 745 (56.2%) 155 (37.8%) 274 (48.2%) 905 (60.9%)
 2014 644 (26.1%) 528 (26.3%) 52 (14.0%) 64 (75.3%) 169 (27.8%) 149 (28.0%) 326 (24.6%) 59 (14.4%) 211 (37.1%) 374 (25.2%)
Population size
 < 500 848 (34.4%) 831 (41.3%) 17 (4.6%) 0 (0.0%) 137 (22.5%) 196 (36.8%) 515 (38.9%) 101 (24.6%) 175 (30.8%) 572 (38.5%)
 500–999 499 (20.2%) 448 (22.3%) 41 (11.1%) 10 (11.8%) 114 (18.7%) 101 (19.0%) 284 (21.4%) 104 (25.4%) 92 (16.2%) 303 (20.4%)
 > =1000 1119 (45.4%) 731 (36.4%) 313 (84.4%) 75 (88.2%) 358 (58.8%) 235 (44.2%) 526 (39.7%) 205 (50.0%) 302 (53.1%) 612 (41.2%)
Child characteristics
Sex of child
 Male 1249 (50.6%) 1017 (50.6%) 189 (50.9%) 43 (50.6%) 310 (50.9%) 272 (51.1%) 667 (50.3%) 202 (49.3%) 283 (49.7%) 764 (51.4%)
 Female 1217 (49.4%) 993 (49.4%) 182 (49.1%) 42 (49.4%) 299 (49.1%) 260 (48.9%) 658 (49.7%) 208 (50.7%) 286 (50.3%) 723 (48.6%)
Type of child health check completed in the last 12 months
 Medical benefits schedule (MBS) 715 999 (40.5%) 847 (42.1%) 122 (32.9%) 30 (35.3%) 246 (40.4%) 229 (43.0%) 524 (39.5%) 115 (28.0%) 212 (37.3%) 672 (45.2%)
 Other child health check 648 (26.3%) 507 (25.2%) 124 (33.4%) 17 (20.0%) 181 (29.7%) 147 (27.6%) 320 (24.2%) 144 (35.1%) 88 (15.5%) 416 (28.0%)
 Not known / not recorded 819 (33.2%) 656 (32.6%) 125 (33.7%) 38 (44.7%) 182 (29.9%) 156 (29.3%) 481 (36.3%) 151 (36.8%) 269 (47.3%) 399 (26.8%)
Reason for last clinic attendance
 Acute care 1200 (48.7%) 990 (49.3%) 171 (46.1%) 39 (45.9%) 265 (43.5%) 271 (50.9%) 664 (50.1%) 161 (39.3%) 284 (49.9%) 755 (50.8%)
 Vaccination 366 (14.8%) 268 (13.3%) 78 (21.0%) 20 (23.5%) 122 (20.0%) 87 (16.4%) 157 (11.8%) 64 (15.6%) 89 (15.6%) 213 (14.3%)
 Child health check 577 (23.4%) 467 (23.2%) 92 (24.8%) 18 (21.2%) 155 (25.5%) 112 (21.1%) 310 (23.4%) 105 (25.6%) 117 (20.6%) 355 (23.9%)
 Other 323 (13.1%) 285 (14.2%) 30 (8.1%) 8 (9.4%) 67 (11.0%) 62 (11.7%) 194 (14.6%) 80 (19.5%) 79 (13.9%) 164 (11.0%)
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