Table 2

Patient characteristics

Total (n = 34,972)

Medicine (n = 17,386)

Geriatrics (n = 2,765)

Surgery (n = 14,821)

P-values


Females (%)

18,745 (53.6)

9,469 (54.5)

2,010 (72.7)

7,278 (49.1)

<0.001†

Age in years*

67.3 ± 19.3

70.4 ± 17.3

83.0 ± 7.8

60.6 ± 20.4

<0.001‡

Age groups (%)

18 – 64 yrs.

36.6

29.2

1.7

51.8

<0.001†

65 – 79 yrs.

30.8

34.2

28.2

27.3

80 yrs. and more

32.6

36.6

70.1

20.9

Length of stay(days)*

11.9 ± 13.2

10.8 ± 9.3

36.1 ± 25.4

8.6 ± 8.1

<0.001‡

NCT§(hours)*

3.5 ± 1.4

3.3 ± 1.5

3.7 ± 1.6

3.6 ± 1.3

<0.001‡


*Mean ± SD, §Nursing care time per patient day, Chi-square, ANOVA

Schwendimann et al. BMC Health Services Research 2006 6:69   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-6-69

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