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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of respondents

From: Exploring emergency department visits: factors influencing individuals’ decisions, knowledge of triage systems and waiting times, and experiences during visits to a tertiary hospital in Saudi Arabia

VariableCategoryN%
Age group (years)Mean ± SD (32.9 ± 11.67)  
Under 20279
20–2910537
30–397125
40–494917
50 and over3412
SexMale16550
Female16350
EducationDid not complete high school3712
Completed high school12840
Diploma3310
Bachelor and higher12038
OccupationUnemployed15048
Private work134
Health sector124
Military sector8026
Government sector (not health)3110
Private sector (not health)176
Other72
Marital statusMarried18056
Single12137
Widowed/divorced237
ResidenceIn Riyadh29189
Outside Riyadh3611
Family income/per month (Saudi Riyal)< 50009129
5000–999913944
10,000–14,9994414
≥ 15,0003913
When did this problem started?Today10130
Not today23370
Are you a patient waiting to be seen or a family memberPatient14746
Family member16151
Friend/co-worker103
Do you have a primary care doctor or other health providerNo23284
Yes4516
Did you try to call your primary care doctor before coming to the ED?No2255
Yes1845
If yes, what did the office say?No appointments424
Too sick—need to go to ED847
Need further testing - that the doctor’s office cannot do424
Other16
What is your main reason for coming to the emergency department?Regular care here8529
Excellence in care12743
Insurance reasons114
Other financial reasons134
My doctor told me to come3010
Close to where I live/work2910
  1. SD standard deviation, ED emergency department