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Table 1 Prevalence of selected socio-demographic and health status characteristics, multimorbidity and acute care service use

From: Effect of socio-demographic and health factors on the association between multimorbidity and acute care service use: population-based survey linked to health administrative data

Characteristic Category Frequency (n) Percentage (%)
Age 65–74 16,979 59.87
75–84 11,382 40.13
Sex Male 12,093 42.64
Female 16,268 57.36
Immigrant Status Immigrant 7736 27.28
Non-Immigrant 20,625 72.72
Education Post Secondary Degree 12,661 44.64
Secondary School Degree 6139 21.65
No Diploma 9561 33.71
Household Income Under $30,000 10,382 36.61
$30,000 to $79,999 13,723 48.39
$80,000 or more 4256 15.01
Living Arrangement Living with others 16,583 58.47
Living Alone 11,778 41.53
Geography Urban 21,402 75.46
Rural 6959 24.54
Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) Does not need help with basic tasks 22,732 80.15
Needs help with basic tasks 5629 19.85
Self perceived physical health Excellent/Very Good 12,937 45.62
Good 9027 31.83
Fair or Poor 6397 22.56
Self perceived Mental Health Excellent/Very Good 20,369 71.82
Good 6490 22.88
Fair or Poor 1502 5.3
Chronic Conditions 0 2457 8.7
1 5786 20.4
2 7694 27.1
3+ 12,424 43.80
Emergency Department Visits Any visit (past year) 1895 6.7
Mean (standard deviation) 1.74 (1.76)
Acute Care Episode (Hospital or Emergency Department Visit) Any episode (past year) 3515 12.4
Mean (standard deviation) 1.34 (0.73)