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Table 2 Characteristics of patients visiting participating EDs in the control perioda

From: Can a continuous quality improvement program create culturally safe emergency departments for Aboriginal people in Australia? A multiple baseline study

Study EDs
Control period characteristics (1st January 2010 to first site visit) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
Date of first site visit (month/year) 7/13 5/13 2/13 10/12 5/13 5/13 10/12 9/13 N/A
Months in control period 42 40 37 33 40 40 33 17 N/A
Average number of visits per month 1991 1885 1747 5299 5525 2211 3496 4942 27,096
Presentations by Aboriginal people
 Average number per month 132 167 389 104 176 91 60 227 1346
 % of all ED presentations 6.6 8.9 22.3 2.0 3.2 4.1 1.7 4.6 5.1
Accuracy of recording of Aboriginality (%) 77.6 79.1 87.2 61.4 72.6 77.4 45.5 79.6 76.0
Incomplete visits in Aboriginal people (%) 7.6 9.6 6.5 16.9 14.8 20.6 24.9 9.6 11.5
Sex
 Male (%) 45.2 50.3 48.7 44.2 46.4 52.5 65.8 46.9 48.7
 Female (%) 54.8 49.7 51.3 55.8 53.6 47.5 34.2 53.1 51.3
Age (years)
 0–14 31.5 34.6 35.7 21.9 13.9 29.3 0.2 25.0 27.8
 15–29 33.3 31.3 27.1 33.4 26.4 30.1 22.8 33.9 29.4
 30–44 18.1 17.2 19.4 20.0 25.5 21.0 42.7 19.9 21.0
 45–59 12.0 10.8 13.2 14.6 22.4 13.7 27.9 13.8 14.9
 60–74 4.7 4.6 4.1 7.6 9.5 4.6 5.3 6.1 5.6
 75+ 0.4 1.5 0.5 2.6 2.3 1.4 1.3 1.2 1.2
 Average (SD) 25.4 (18.3) 25.3 (19.2) 25.2 (19.1) 30.5 (20.6) 36.2 (19.7) 27.4 (19.0) 40.4 (13.0) 28.3 (19.3) 28.3 (19.6)
  1. aSource: Admitted Patient, Emergency Department Attendance and Deaths Register, NSW Ministry of Health SAPHaRI