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Table 2 Exacerbation-related resource use, total and by seasona

From: Health-resource use and quality of life in children with bronchiectasis: a multi-center pilot cohort study

  All, n = 264 Spring, n = 59 Summer, n = 54 Autumn, n = 62 Winter, n = 82
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
General practitioner visit 123 (46.6) 30 (50.9) 26 (48.2) 28 (45.2) 35 (42.7)
Had a prescription at home to fill/had antibiotics at home 77 (29.2) 15 (25.4) 16 (29.6) 16 (25.8) 28 (34.2)
Specialist visit 69 (26.1) 20 (33.9) 12 (22.2) 15 (24.2) 22 (26.8)
Physiotherapy 41 (15.5) 7 (11.9) 9 (16.7) 10 (16.1) 13 (15.9)
Telephone advice from respiratory clinic nurse 32 (12.1) 4 (6.8) 3 (5.6) 12 (19.4) 12 (14.6)
Pathology 30 (11.4) 4 (6.8) 9 (16.7) 9 (14.5) 8 (9.8)
 Haematology (full blood count) 15 4 4 5 2
 Biochemistry 10 4 3 3 0
 Sputum culture 9 1 3 4 1
 Antibiotic blood levels 4 0 3 1 0
 Throat swab for virus nucleic acid amplification testing 3 0 1 2 0
 Nasopharyngeal aspirate for virus nucleic acid amplification testing 1 0 0 0 1
 Bronchoalveolar lavage 1 0 0 0 1
 Immunology (radioallergoabsorbent test) 1 0 0 1 0
 Missing 4 0 0 0 4
In-patient hospital admission 30 (11.4) 4 (6.8) 8 (14.8) 9 (14.5) 8 (9.8)
 Had ‘hospital in the home’ following inpatient admission 10 0 4 3 2
Emergency department presentation 25 (9.5) 3 (5.1) 5 (9.3) 6 (9.7) 9 (11.0)
Medical imaging 21 (8.0) 2 (3.4) 5 (9.3) 5 (8.1) 9 (11.0)
 Chest radiograph 14 1 4 3 6
 Chest computed tomography scan 2 0 1 0 1
 Other 7 1 1 2 3
 Missing 2 0 0 0 1
Respiratory function testing (spirometry) 16 (6.1) 4 (6.8) 3 (5.6) 4 (6.5) 5 (6.1)
Saw other services (during hospitalisation) 12 (4.6) 3 (5.1) 1 (1.9) 3 (4.8) 5 (6.1)
 Social worker 4 1 1 2 0
 Dietician 3 1 0 1 1
 Occupational therapist 1 0 0 0 1
 Cardiologist 1 0 0 0 1
 Surgical 1 1 0 0 0
 Consult liaison 1 1 0 0 0
 Dentist 1 0 0 0 1
 Missing 1 0 0 0 1
Over the counter treatments 8 (2.9) 1 (1.7) 2 (3.7) 4 (6.5) 1 (1.2)
Consultation with community health nurse / respiratory clinic nurse 7 (2.7) 1 (1.7) 1 (1.9) 3 (3.2) 3 (3.7)
Hospital school (during hospitalisation) 7 (2.7) 2 (3.4) 0 (0.0) 3 (4.8) 2 (2.4)
Other procedures 2 (0.8) 0 (0.0) 1 (1.9) 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2)
 Bronchoscopy 1 0 1 0 0
 Scheduled intravenous line maintenance 1 0 0 0 3
Telephone advice from other doctor/specialist 2 (0.8) 1 (1.7) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2)
Alternative therapies 2 (0.8) 1 (1.7) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (1.2)
 Glutathione nebulised medication 1 1 0 0 0
 Acupuncture 1 0 0 0 1
 Chinese medicine 1 0 0 0 1
Telephone advice from general nurse 1 (0.4) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 1 (1.6) 0 (0.0)
  1. aThere were 7 exacerbations with unknown start dates, and therefore onset season could not be determined