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Table 2 Sample Characteristics of Pediatric Emergency Department Visits for Asthma by Two Health Systems

From: A tale of two systems: practice patterns of a single group of emergency medical physicians in Taiwan and China

Astma, 1-18 yr Overall N = 3241 China N = 2419 Taiwan N = 822 P value
Age, mean ± SD, yr 4.7 ± 2.9 4.0 ± 2.3 6.9 ± 3.5 <0.001
Gender, total n (%)     0.053
 Male 2134 (65.8%) 1570 (64.9%) 564 (68.6%)  
 Female 1107 (34.2%) 849 (35.1%) 258 (31.4%)  
Insurance, total n (%)     <0.001
 Yes 1893 (58.4%) 1071 (44.3%) 822 (100.0%)  
 No 1348 (41.6%) 1348 (55.7%) 0 (0.0%)  
Triage level, total n (%)     <0.001
 1-3: resuscitation, emergent, urgent 1171 (36.1%) 448 (18.5%) 723 (88.0%)  
 4-5: semiurgent, nonurgent 2070 (63.9%) 1971 (81.5%) 99 (12.0%)  
Season, total n (%)     0.772
 Spring, Summer 1394 (43.0%) 1044 (43.2%) 350 (42.6%)  
 Fall, Winter 1847 (57.0%) 1375 (56.8%) 472 (56.4%)  
Time of visit, total n (%)     <0.001
 Day 1711 (52.8%) 1498 (61.9%) 213 (25.9%)  
 Night 1530 (47.2%) 921 (38.1%) 609 (74.1%)  
Disposition, total n (%)     <0.001
 Discharged 3101 (95.7%) 2360 (97.6%) 741 (90.2%)  
 Admitted 140 (4.3%) 59 (2.4%) 81 (9.9%)