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Table 2 Patient characteristics by day of admission

From: Hospital outcomes for paediatric pneumonia and diarrhoea patients admitted in a tertiary hospital on weekdays versus weekends: a retrospective study

   Weekday Weekend Overall P value
Mortality n(%)*     0.298
  Alive 1689 (89) 870 (87) 2559 (88)  
  Died 216 (11) 126 (13) 342 (12)  
Gender      
  Female 859 (45) 448 (45) 1307 (45) 0.954
  Male 1046 (55) 548 (55) 1594 (55)  
Age      
  Median (IQR) 8 (5–13) 8 (5–13) 8 (5–13) 0.966
Age group     
  2 - 6 months 728 (38) 387 (39) 1115 (38) 0.425
  7 - 11 months 601 (32) 295 (30) 896 (31)  
  12 - 18 months 319 (17) 188 (19) 507 (18)  
  19 - 24 months 124 (6) 57 (6) 181 (6)  
  25 - 36 months 74 (4) 45 (4) 119 (4)  
  37 - 59 months 59 (3) 24 (2) 83 (3)  
Diagnosis      
  Dehydration 700 (37) 376 (38) 1076 (37) 0.703
  Pneumonia 947 (50) 479 (48) 1426 (49)  
  Both Dehydration and Pneumonia 258 (13) 141 (14) 399 (14)  
Hospital length of stay (LOS) days     
  Median (IQR) 3 (2 – 6) 3 (2 – 5) 3 (2 – 6) 0.845
Co-morbidities     
  No co-morbidity 982 (52) 530 (53) 1512 (52) 0.394
  With co-morbidity 923 (48) 466 (47) 1389 (48)  
Calendar period     
  2005 372 (20) 372 (20) 539 (19) 0.106
  2006 367 (19) 367 (19) 593 (20)  
  2007 369 (19) 369 (19) 555 (19)  
  2008 422 (22) 422 (22) 630 (22)  
  2009 375 (20) 375 (20) 584 (20)  
Intervention period     
  Pre-intervention 743 (39) 396 (40) 1139 (39) 0.668
  Implementation 593 (31) 294 (30) 887 (31)  
  Post-intervention 569 (30) 306 (31) 875 (30)  
Disease severity     
  Severe 754 (40) 393 (39) 1147 (40) 0.949
  Non- severe 1151 (60) 603 (61) 1754 (60)  
Time to death in hours     
  Median (IQR) n = 230 38 (13 – 86) 28 (10 – 91) 33 (13–87) 0.122
  1. * Unless otherwise stated.