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Table 1 Characteristics of the respondents and non-respondents of the public and private hospital surveys and comparison of private versus public hospital respondentsa

From: Differences in health literacy profiles of patients admitted to a public and a private hospital in Melbourne, Australia

  Public hospital Private hospital Odds Ratioa (95% CI)
Respondents (n = 384) n (%) Non-respondents (n = 2616) n (%) Respondents (n = 3121) n (%) Non-respondents (n = 6055) n (%)
Female 188 (49%) 1334 (51%) 1621 (52%) 3577 (59%) 0.88 (0.72, 1.10)
Age ≥ 65 years 211 (55%) 1040 (40%) 1875 (60%) 2898 (48%) 0.86 (0.69, 1.06)
Admission type
 Planned admission 27 (7%) 175 (7%) 1756 (57%) 3003 (50%) b
 Emergency Department 350 (91%) 2267 (87%) 905 (29%) 2026 (34%) b
 Maternity 7 (2%) 189 (7%) 218 (7%) 588 (10%) b
 Unscheduled community n/a n/a 230 (7.4) 438 (7%) b
Lives alone 70 (23%)   635 (20%)   0.88 (0.67, 1.16)
Not completed secondary education 246 (67%)   1041 (33%)   3.90 (3.10, 4.90)
English spoken at home 290 (76%)   2992 (96%)   9.09 (7.14, 12.5)
Currently employed 98 (26%)   988 (32%)   0.74 (0.58, 0.95)
Household income <$30,000 149 (39%)   413 (13%)   4.15 (3.30, 5.23)
Receiving government benefits (income $$30,000) 234 (64%)   1333 (43%)   2.09 (1.68, 2.60)
Body Mass Index ≥25 (overweight) 252 (78%)   1591 (58%)   2.59 (1.97, 3.40)
Body Mass Index ≥30 (obese) 130 (40%)   566 (20%)   2.63 (2.07, 3.34)
Smoker 29 (8%)   98 (3%)   2.75 (1.81, 4.18)
Drinks alcohol daily 43 (12%)   930 (30%)   0.30 (0.22, 0.42)
Drinks more than 2 glasses alcohol daily 16 (4%)   214 (7%)   0.60 (0.36, 1.01)
Uses internet < once a month 164 (43%)   635 (20%)   2.73 (2.17, 3.44)
Private Health Insurance 111 (31%)   2918 (95%)   39.12 (29.95, 51.09)
Attendance at ED in last 12 months 341 (91%)   1653 (53%)   8.98 (6.24, 12.93)
Help with completion of survey 151 (40%)   821 (26%)   2.76 (2.07, 3.69)
≥ 2.5 h of physical activity/ week 211 (55%)   2230 (71%)   2.04 (1.65, 2.54)
Arthritis 145 (38%)   951 (31%)   1.40 (1.12, 1.74)
Back Pain 132 (35%)   817 (27%)   1.44 (1.15, 1.81)
Heart disease 118 (31%)   916 (29%)   1.04 (0.83, 1.31)
Lung disease 79 (21%)   462 (15%)   1.46 (1.12, 1.91)
Cancer 39 (10%)   520 (17%)   0.57 (0.41, 0.80)
Depression/Anxiety 84 (22%)   396 (13%)   1.93 (1.48, 2.51)
Diabetes Mellitus 90 (24%)   353 (11%)   2.35 (1.81, 3.05)
Stroke 31 (8%)   122 (4%)   2.12 (1.41, 3.19)
≥ three chronic conditions 71 (19%)   242 (8%)   1.82 (0.46, 2.26)
  1. aMeasures the odds of each variable if the participant attends the public hospital versus the private hospital
  2. bNot comparable between hospitals due to differences in coding methods