TABLE 1

Parent, Child, and Hospitalization Characteristics

CharacteristicAll Families (n = 150)Families Initiating Medication Dialogue (n = 83)
Mother85% (127)86% (72)
White, non-Hispanic85% (125)86% (71)
Parent education
 High school or less19% (28)14% (12)
 Some college35% (53)34% (28)
 Bachelor's degree or more47% (70)52% (43)
Parent age, y35 ± 7.836 ± 7.8
Female child49% (73)49% (41)
Child age, y5.7 ± 5.66.2 ± 5.5
Child health status
 Excellent to good87% (131)88% (73)
Admitting service
 Pulmonary14% (21)19% (16)
 Hematology/oncology14% (21)13% (11)
 General pediatrics72% (108)67% (56)
Reason for hospitalizationa
 Breathing problem29% (44)31% (26)
 Stomach or intestinal problem22% (33)25% (21)
 Fever17% (26)16% (13)
 Asthmab12% (18)17% (14)
 Seizure or headache6% (9)5% (4)
 Cancer6% (9)6% (5)
 Hematologic disease5% (7)6% (5)
 Cystic fibrosis4% (6)7% (6)
 Other22% (33)18% (15)
Length of stay
 1 d63% (94)50% (41)
 2–3 d18% (27)24% (20)
 4–7 d10% (15)12% (10)
 >1 wk9% (14)15% (12)
  • Data are presented as % (n) or mean ± SD. Values may not add to 100% due to rounding.

  • a The number of reasons for hospitalization is greater than the number of families because parents could indicate multiple reasons for hospitalization.

  • b P < .05.