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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of patients diagnosed with MRSA (1439 subjects; mean ± SD age 70.3 ± 18.3 years) and a matched population sample free of MRSA (14,090 subjects; mean ± SD age 69.9 ± 18.2 years) from GPRD (2001–2004)

From: Mortality after infection with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) diagnosed in the community

Characteristic Patients with MRSA Matched MRSA-free patients
  n Percentage n Percentage
Male 604 42.0% 5988 42.5%
Female 835 58.0% 8102 57.5%
Co-morbidity in the 2 years prior to cohort entry     
   Diabetes 162 11.3% 877 6.2%
   Cardiovascular disease 98 6.8% 467 3.3%
   Stroke 74 5.1% 140 1.0%
   Peripheral vascular disease 34 2.4% 72 0.5%
   COPD 76 5.3% 364 2.6%
   Renal failure 45 3.1% 138 1.0%
   Cancer 27 1.9% 127 0.9%
   Autoimmune disease 12 0.8% 66 0.5%
Drug exposure in the 1 year prior to cohort entry     
   Oral prednisone use 155 10.8% 858 6.1%
   Antibiotics 1019 70.8% 5369 38.1%