TABLE 3

Unadjusted and Adjusted Hospital LOS for Children Who Received Adjunct Systemic Corticosteroids Compared With Children Who Did Not

Unadjusted HR (95% CI)aAdjusted HR (95% CI)aPb
Overallc1.26 (1.20–1.32)1.24 (1.18–1.30)<.001
Stratified according to aged
    1–5 y1.22 (1.16–1.28)1.16 (1.11–1.22)<.001
    6–11 y1.30 (1.22–1.38)1.27 (1.18–1.36)<.001
    12–18 y1.11 (1.02–1.20)1.11 (1.02–1.20).01
Stratified according to β-agonist treatmentd
    No β-agonist0.87 (0.76–1.01)0.85 (0.75–0.96).009
    β-Agonist1.41 (1.33–1.50)1.36 (1.28–1.45)<.001
  • a HR > 1 indicates a shorter hospital length of stay (ie, a greater probability of earlier discharge).

  • b Denotes P for adjusted HR.

  • c Overall model was also adjusted for propensity score, age, gender, race, previous asthma hospitalization, chronic asthma medication, β-agonist receipt, pleural drainage procedures, chest computed tomography or ultrasound, respiratory support, vasoactive infusions, ICU admission, arterial blood gas measurement, blood culture, and empiric antibiotic regimen.

  • d Stratified models were adjusted only for propensity score.