Table 1

The contribution of each cause of delay in the acute and elective admissions groups
Elective (N = 30) (30%) 39 days Acute (N = 69) (70%) 232 days Mann–Whitney U test
Age Median 67.0 64.5
Mean 63.91 63.47
(SD) (19.45) (9.25)
Total delay (days) Sum 39(14.1%) 232(85.6%) p = 0.043
Median 0 1
Mean 1.30 3.36
(SD) (2.09) (5.79)
Discharge arrangements Sum 1(0.37%) 101(37.2%) p < 0.001
Median 0 0
Mean 0.03 1.460
(SD) (3.85) (0.18)
COTE Sum 4(1.5%) 88(32.4%) p = 0.021
Median 0 0
Mean 0.03 1.28
(SD) (3.38) (0.18)
Others Sum 18(6.6%) 4(1.4%) p = 0.090
Median 0 0
Mean 0.73 0.06
(SD) (0.29) (1.91)
Investigations & therapies Sum 11(4%) 39(14.3%) p = 0.451
Median 0 0
Mean 0.37 0.57
(SD) (1.35) (1.03)
Team errors Sum 5(1.8%) 0(0%) p = 0.031
Median 0 0
Mean 0.17 0
(SD) (0.65) (0)

Abbreviations.

COTE: Care Of The Elderly consultant referral.

SD: Standard Deviation.

Majeed et al.

Majeed et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:410   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-410

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