Table 2

Characteristics of patients and divided according to the size of hospital.

Hospitals

Large sized

Middle sized

Small sized

n = 1197

n = 824

n = 370

P-value


Age, mean (SD)

66 (18)

69 (16)

70 (16)

0.001 a, b, c

Age group

< 0.005 a, b

< 70 years, %

51.7

45.0

39.9

≥ 70 years, %

48.3

55.0

60.1

Gender, %

0.580

Men

49.5

48.0

46.5

Women

50.5

52.0

53.5

Distribution of patients within some specialities, %

Medicine

36.9

41.0

33.2

0.092

Surgery

16.8

17.0

10.5

0.022 b, c

Orthopaedics

8.6

11.1

13.8

0.018 d

Psychiatry

5.3

2.6

8.9

0.001 a, b, c

Distribution of patients according to some diagnosis categories, %

Pulmonary

6.1

11.6

9.8

< 0.0005 a, b

Cardiovascular

19.0

22.4

30.6

< 0.0005 b, c

Infectious

9.9

7.3

4.0

0.003 b, c

Gastrointestinal

13.4

20.3

3.4

< 0.0005 a, b, c

Neurological

4.3

5.2

2.4

0.139

Orthopaedic

10.8

7.8

29.0

< 0.0005 a, b, c

Psychiatric

6.1

3.1

11.1

< 0.0005 a, b, c

Oncological

28.5

24.2

7.3

< 0.0005 b, c


Missing values in < 5%. ANOVA, Chi-square test

a first group differs compared to second

b first group differs compared to third

c second group differs compared to third group

d not significant in post hoc analysis

Westergren et al. Nutrition Journal 2009 8:20   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-8-20

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