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Table 3 Patient dispositions in the study periods

From: The impact of a multimodal intervention on emergency department crowding and patient flow

  Pre-intervention period n = 31,891 Intervention period n = 32,121 Odds ratio (95% CI) p valuea
One or more imaging procedures requested 15,558 (48.8) 15,550 (48.4) 0.99 (0.96–1.02) 0.344
Hospital admission 8467 (26.5) 8620 (26.8) (0.98–1.05) 0.413
 Cardiologyb 1742 (39.6) 1636 36.7) 0.88 (0.81–0.96) 0.005
 Surgery/traumatologyc 1407 (14.7) 1649 (16.1) 1.12 (1.04–1.21) 0.004
 Neurologyd 1714 (45.7) 1550 (41.0) 0.82 (0.75–0.90) < 0.001
 Internal medicinee 1376 (30.6) 1501 (32.3) 1.08 (0.99–1.18) 0.09
 Other specialismf 2228 (23.1) 2284 (25.3) 1.13 (1.06–1.21) < 0.001
Dead at the ED 39 (0.1) 50 (0.2) 1.27 (0.84–1.94) 0.257
Admission LOSg in minutes (IQR) 3940 (1539–8676) 3576 (1364–7411)   < 0.001
  1. *Abbreviation: CI confidence interval, ED emergency department, IQR interquartile range
  2. ap values were calculated using χ2 tests, except for median admission LOS, which was calculated using the Mann-Whitney U test
  3. bBased on 8850 cardiology visits, 4396 in the pre-intervention period and 4454 in the intervention period
  4. cBased on 19,620 surgery/traumatology visits, 9601 in the pre-intervention period and 10,219 in the intervention period
  5. dBased on 7535 neurology visits, 3750 in the pre-intervention period and 3785 in the intervention period
  6. eBased on 9140 internal medicine visits, 4493 in the pre-intervention period and 4647 in the intervention period
  7. fOther specialism: all visits for other specialism besides cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, and surgery, based on 18,667 visits, 9651 in the pre-intervention period and 9016 in the intervention period
  8. gBased on 16,475 admissions (8388 in the control period and 8087 in the intervention period)