## Table 1 |
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The contribution of each cause of delay in the acute and elective admissions groups |
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Elective (N = 30) (30%) 39 days |
Acute (N = 69) (70%) 232 days |
Mann–Whitney U test |
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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