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Table 4 Percentage of patients (N = 100) with no or poor understanding of discharge instructions in the various domains of understanding, stratified by patient characteristics

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

  Discharge instruction domain
Patient characteristic Diagnosis   Treatment   Follow-up   RTED  
Income < $25 k 44.7%   30.3%   32.4%   73.3%  
$25–90 k 20.5% p = 0.01 28.6% p = 0.44 24.2% p = 0.11 65.6% p = 0.04
> $90 k 15.8%   43.8%   11.8%   41.2%  
Level of education No high school 55.6%   62.5%   37.5%   60.0%  
Completed high school 25.8% p = 0.06 29.5% p = 0.06 23.1% p = 0.37 64.0% p = 0.86
Last 1 h of shift? Yes 31.8%   21.1%   15.0%   72.2%  
No 27.6% p = 0.70 35.8% p = 0.23 27.3% p = 0.27 61.3% p = 0.40
Difficulty making ends meet? Yes 34.6%   29.2%   36.4%   66.7%  
No 26.4% p = 0.43 33.9% p = 0.68 20.3% p = 0.13 62.7% p = 0.75
  1. Note: italicized p values indicate statistically significant p values < 0.05