TABLE 3.

Comparison of Characteristics of PICU Patients With and Without Conflicts

CharacteristicsConflict (n = 51)No Conflict (N = 57)
N%N%
Female23452340
Non-white23451425
Age <1 year16311933
Insurance status
 Private28554681
 Medicaid§2243814
 Uninsured00*35
 Other1200
Religion
 Catholic12242747
 Protestant1020814
 Jewish2424
 Other1122814
 Missing16311221
Care limitation discussion1020916
Acuity
 PRISM score (mean)10.3 ± 8.411.2 ± 7.3
 TISS score (mean)28.1 ± 10.229.5 ± 11.5
Length of stay (days)22.1 ± 19.917.5 ± 10.1
  • PRISM indicates Pediatric Risk of Mortality; TISS, Therapeutic Intervention Scoring System.

  • * P < .1 in χ2 and ttests for differences, as appropriate. All comparisons are made to the “No conflict” group.

  • P < .05

  • P < .01

  • § Includes patients with dual eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid.

  • Note in chart that a sentinel decision was discussed with patient.