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Table 4 Triage Physician Reported Contributors to Admissions

From: Factors associated with low-acuity hospital admissions in a public safety-net setting: a cross-sectional study

  All Admissions (n = 349) Admissions by Associated Factor
Age Over 65 (n = 107) Unstable Housing/ Homeless (n = 127) “Off-Hours” Presentation (n = 232)
Lack of Outpatient Social Support (Family, Caregiver, etc.) 125 (35.8) 45 (42.1) 52 (40.9) 84 (36.2)
Homelessness 115 (33.0) 16 (15.0) 102 (80.3) 74 (31.9)
Substance Use Disorder 82 (23.5) 14 (13.1) 47 (37.0) 56 (24.1)
Lack of Outpatient Medical Support 81 (23.2) 19 (17.8) 34 (26.8) 53 (22.8)
Physical Limitation 69 (19.8) 25 (23.4) 26 (20.5) 46 (19.8)
Mental Health Disorder 63 (18.1) 12 (11.2) 31 (24.4) 40 (17.2)
Cognitive Limitation 50 (14.3) 27 (25.2) 18 (14.2) 33 (14.2)
Low Health Literacy 39 (11.2) 11 (10.3) 16 (12.6) 23 (9.9)
Non-English Speaker 22 (6.3) 9 (8.4) 3 (2.4) 11 (4.7)
SNF or Adult Family Home Refusal 18 (5.2) 9 (8.4) 4 (3.1) 13 (5.6)
  1. Most common contributors bolded for each category
  2. Note: Multiple selections were allowed, so percentages do not equal 100%