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Table 1 Demographic and hospital use data of respondents versus non-respondents where available

From: Health literacy profile of recently hospitalised patients in the private hospital setting: a cross sectional survey using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ)

Variables Respondents N = 3118 Non-respondents N = 6055 P-value+
N (%) N (%)
Age, years, mean (SD) 65.6 (17.0) 60.6 (20.8) < 0.001
Female 1618 (51.9) 3577 (59.1) < 0.001
Born in Australia 2325 (74.6) 4075 (67.3) < 0.001
IRSDa, median (IQR) 9 (8, 10) 9 (8, 10) 0.17
Length of stay, days, median (IQR) 3 (1, 5) 3 (1, 5) 0.09
Admission Type    < 0.001
 Planned admission 1756 (56.6) 3003 (49.6)  
 Emergency Department (ED) 905 (29.0) 2026 (33.5)  
 Unscheduled community 230 (7.4) 438 (7.2)  
 Maternity 218 (7.0) 588 (9.7)  
Admitting specialty    < 0.001
 Cardiology 528 (16.9) 773 (12.8)  
 Obstetrics/Gynaecology 321 (10.3) 804 (13.3)  
 Gastroenterology 375 (12.0) 738 (12.2)  
 Urology 285 (9.1) 511 (8.4)  
 Neurology 228 (7.3) 398 (6.6)  
bSurgery other 597 (19.1) 1205 (19.9)  
cMedical other 577 (18.5) 1236 (20.4)  
Hospital readmission within 12 months 1181 (37.9) 1974 (32.6) < 0.001
Cabrini ED attendance within 12 months 605 (19.4) 1161 (19.2) 0.46
  1. +P-value calculated using Kruskall Wallis or t-tests, depending on data type and distributional characteristics
  2. aIRSD Index of relative socio-economic disadvantage deciles based on postcodes
  3. bSurgery other includes orthopaedics, plastic, general, vascular and ENT
  4. cMedical other includes general medicine, oncology/haematology, hospital in the home, respiratory, endocrinology, nephrology and geriatric medicine