TABLE 2.

Distribution of Inappropriateness of Hospital Admission and Days of Care According to Various Explanatory Variables

CharacteristicAdmissionDays of Care
N%N%
Sex
 Male12233.218650.7
 Female752617861.6
χ2 = 4.09, 1 df, P = .043χ2 = 7.79, 1 df, P = .005
Age group, y
 ≤13920.910556.2
 2–33934.27061.4
 4–63638.34952.1
 7–103338.45260.5
 ≥115028.68850.3
χ2 for trend = 2.89, 1 df, P = .0036χ2 for trend = 1.32, 1 df, P = .0015
Patient’s distance home-hospital, km
 ≤55631.6
 6–356630.6
 >357528.5
χ2 = 0.53, 2 df, P = .77
Type of admission
 Elective4138.74542.5
 Urgent15628.431958
χ2 = 4.5, 1 df, P =.034χ2 = 8.69, 1 df, P = .003
Ward
 Pediatric12830.427364.9
 Pediatric surgery6929.49138.7
χ2 = 0.08, 1 df, P = .78χ2 = 41.67, 1 df, P < .001
Day of the week of admission
 Monday–Friday13728.426555
 Saturday–Sunday6034.59956.9
χ2 = 2.23, 1 df, P = .14χ2 = 0.19, 1 df, P = .66
Hour of admission
 8:00 am–8:00 pm16333.4
 8:01 pm–7:59 am3420.2
χ2 = 10.31, 1 df, P = .001
Length of stay
 Median5
Mann-Whitney test z = −3.11, P = .0019
Location within the stay
 First third2537.9
 Second third25254
 Third third8770.7
χ2 = 20.3, 2 df, P < .001
Appropriateness of admission
 No13436.8
 Yes6321.6
χ2 = 17.9, 1 df, P < .001