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Table 5 Utilization of medical resources in asthma-related patients and in patients with asthma as the primary diagnosis

From: The economic burden of medical treatment of children with asthma in China

Variable Total Children younger than 3 years old Preschool children School-age children P
Asthma-related
 Total number 417 69 147 201  
 Number of patients in hospital, n (%) 70 (16.79%) 25 (36.23%) 23 (15.65%) 22 (10.95%) < 0.01
 Number of clinical visits
  Outpatient, Mean ± SD 56.67 ± 39.41 80.62 ± 40.40 46.36 ± 37.52 38.11 ± 23.52 0.016
  Inpatient, Median (IQR) 1 (1, 2) 1 (1, 2) 1 (1, 3) 1 (1, 1) 0.469
 Hospital days, Median (IQR) 7 (5, 13) 8 (7, 13) 7 (5, 13) 6.5 (4, 7) 0.083
Asthma as the primary diagnosis
 Total number, n (%) 378 66 129 183  
 Number of patients in hospital, Mean ± SD 37 (8.87%) 13 (19.70%) 12 (9.30%) 12 (6.56%) 0.01
 Number of clinical visits, Mean ± SD
  Outpatient, Median (IQR) 0 (0, 0) 0 (0, 0) 0 (0, 0) 0 (0, 0) 0.360
  Inpatient, Median (IQR) 1 (1, 1) 1 (1, 1) 1 (1, 1.5) 1 (1, 1) 0.130
 Hospital days, Mean ± SD 6.84 (2.51) 7.15 (2.58) 7.25 (2.83) 6.08 (2.11) 0.460