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Table 2 Sociodemographic and service-related characteristics of respondents and non-respondents

From: A patient survey of out-of-hours care provided by Emergency Care Practitioners

Characteristic   Respondents Non respondents All
   n % n % n %
   81 73.0 30 27.0 111 100
Age Median 82 years 78 years 80 years
  Aged less than 60 31 39.2 17 60.7 48 44.9
  Aged 60 and over 48 60.8 11 39.3 59 55.1
  Not known 2 - 2 - 4 -
Gender Female 55 67.9 23 76.7 78 70.3
  Male 26 32.1 7 23.3 33 29.7
Presenting complaint Respiratory infection 22 27.2 4 13.3 26 23.4
  Urological 14 17.3 6 20.0 20 18.0
  Medical condition1 10 12.3 10 33.3 20 18.0
  Back pain 10 12.3 1 3.3 11 9.9
  Gastrointestinal 6 7.4 2 6.7 8 7.2
  Pain (other than chest or back) 5 6.2 2 6.7 7 6.3
  Minor injuries 4 5.0 0 0 4 3.6
  Fainted/dizziness 2 2.5 0 0 2 1.8
  Neurological/stroke 2 2.5 0 0 2 1.8
  Other 6 7.4 5 16.7 11 9.9
Disposal Treated at home2 42 51.9 12 40.0 54 48.6
  Treated at home and referred 26 32.1 5 16.7 31 27.9
  Conveyed to the out-of-hours primary care centre 3 3.7 2 6.7 5 4.5
  Conveyed to the hospital emergency department 10 12.3 11 36.7 21 18.9
Time spent with the patient (minutes) Median (where known, n = 81) 50 (11–148) 47 (15 – 94) 50 (11–148)
  1. 1Medical conditions included arthritis, hypertension, influenza, and heart failure.
  2. 2Respondents were significantly more likely to have been treated at home (χ 2 = 9.09, d.f. = 1, p < 0.01).