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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the 100 study patients

From: Patient understanding of discharge instructions in the emergency department: do different patients need different approaches?

Characteristics Number
Age (mean in years, ±SD) 46 ± 20
Female 51
General campus 78
Average household income
 • < $25,000 39
 • $25,000–90,000 49
 • > $90,000 19
 • Did not answer 2
Difficulty making ends meet at the end of the month 26
Level of education
 • Did not complete high school 9
 • Completed high school or equivalent 31
 • College education or trade diploma 25
 • University education 35
 • Patients with English/French not as their first language 27
CTAS
 • 1 0
 • 2 22
 • 3 57
 • 4 19
 • 5 2
Discharged in last 1 h of shift 23
Time of discharge
 • Day: 0800–1600 30
 • Evening: 1600–2400 63
 • Night: 2400–0800 7
Chief complaint
 • Abdominal/flank pain 12
 • Back pain 3
 • Chest pain/shortness of breath 11
 • Extremity injury/pain 14
 • Laceration/puncture 4
 • Urinary complaints 8
 • Others 48