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Table 1 Number, distribution (%) and rate of appropriate and inappropriate emergency department attendances by demographics and repeat attendances

From: Who uses emergency departments inappropriately and when - a national cross-sectional study using a monitoring data system

  Appropriate Inappropriate Rate of inappropriate attendances per 100 attendances P
  n = 13,294,819 n = 1,761,276
  n % n %
Age group (years)
0 to 15 2,770,259 20.84 490,360 27.84 15.04  
16 to 24 1,823,858 13.72 293,820 16.68 13.87  
25 to 39 2,504,987 18.84 399,913 22.71 13.77  
40 to 54 2,165,611 16.29 301,399 17.11 12.22  
55 to 64 1,127,313 8.48 123,346 7.00 9.86  
65 to 84 2,145,985 16.14 133,584 7.58 5.86  
85 plus 756,806 5.69 18,854 1.07 2.43 <0.001
Gender
Male 6,714,111 50.50 938,131 53.26 12.26  
Female 6,580,708 49.50 823,145 46.74 11.12 <0.001
IMD quintile
Least deprived 1,955,886 14.71 256,624 14.57 11.60  
Fourth most deprived 2,199,109 16.54 285,731 16.22 11.50  
Third most deprived 2,539,095 19.10 335,480 19.05 11.67  
Second most deprived 2,989,953 22.49 408,789 23.21 12.03  
Most deprived 3,610,776 27.16 474,652 26.95 11.62 <0.001
Repeat attendances a
1 6,195,506 46.60 948,869 53.87 13.28  
2 3,267,400 24.58 422,056 23.96 11.44  
3 1,589,839 11.96 175,976 9.99 9.97  
4 824,571 6.20 86,701 4.92 9.51  
5 450,448 3.39 42,387 2.41 8.60  
6 to 10 674,692 5.07 59,888 3.40 8.15  
11 to 20 193,523 1.46 15,484 0.88 7.41  
21 to 50 77,540 0.58 7,224 0.41 8.52  
51 or more 21,300 0.16 2,691 0.15 11.22 <0.001
  1. aRepeat attendances are individuals who attend the emergency department numerous times, not including planned follow-up attendances. IMD, Index of Multiple Deprivation.