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Table 1 Characteristics of patients referrals from surgical and obstetric wards

From: Surgical referrals in Northern Tanzania: a prospective assessment of rates, preventability, reasons and patterns

Variables Geita Region n (%) Kagera Region n (%) Mara Region n (%) Shinyanga/Simiyu Regions
n (%)
All regions n (%)
Age (mean, SD) 34.6 (24.2)
Average monthly inpatient volume 2623 (22.3) 3306 (28.1) 3297 (28.0) 2546 (21.6) 11,772 (100)
Sex
 Male 82 (51.2) 95 (66.0) 90 (66.2) 143 (47.2) 410 (55.2)
 Female 78 (48.8) 49 (34.0) 46 (33.8) 160 (52.8) 333 (44.8)
Facility level
 Health Center 36 (22.5) 36 (25.0) 19 (14.0) 0 (0.0) 91 (12.2)
 District Hospital 49 (30.6) 74 (51.4) 88 (64.7) 171 (56.4) 382 (51.4)
 Regional Hospital 75 (46.9) 34 (23.6) 29 (21.3) 13 (43.6) 270 (36.3)
Pre-referral Managementa
 Surgical 8 (4.9) 83 (55.0) 36 (24.8) 39 (12.8) 166 (22.3)
 Medical 153 (93.3) 49 (34.0) 107 (73.8) 265 (86.6) 574 (77.3)
 Obstetric 3 (1.8) 19 (12.6) 2 (1.4) 2 (0.7) 26 (3.5)
Pre-referral Condition
 Emergency 79 (49.4) 75 (52.1) 49 (36.0) 69 (22.7) 272 (36.6)
 Elective 81 (50.6) 69 (47.9) 87 (64.0) 234 (77.2) 471 (63.4)
Total 160 (21.5) 144 (19.4) 136 (18.3) 303 (40.8) 743 (100)
  1. a Patients could receive more than one type of per-referral management