TABLE III

Percentages of patients reporting problems according to hospital and individual characteristics

% Of patients reporting problems*No of problems/ No of key questions askedP value@
Hospital characteristics
Area:
 North15.58029/51800
 Midlands15.39388/61360<0.001
 South east16.410496/64000
 South west16.84838/28800
Type:
 Trust16.013811/863200.36
 Directly managed15.818903/119640
 Teaching16.05644/352800.64
 Non-teaching15.927138/170680
Patient characteristics
Type of admission:
 Emergency16.719773/118400<0.001
 Waiting list14.812237/82860
Tests:
 Yes17.712447/70320<0.001
 No15.019962/133080
Operations:
 Yes16.514012/84920<0.001
 No15.518718/120760
Age (years):
 16-4418.010246/56920
 45-6416.010060/62880<0.001
 >/=6514.512429/85720
Sex:
 Male15.115474/102480<0.001
 Female16.717281/103480
Marital status:
 Married15.720096/128000
 Separated17.8634/3560
 Widowed15.05406/36040<0.001
 Divorced17.61978/11240
 Single17.44628/26600
Ethnic group:
 White15.831018/196320<0.001
 Not white18.11534/8840
Social class:
 I (Professional)16.3939/5760
 II (Managerial)16.16653/41320
 III (Skilled non-manual)16.57214/437200.049
 III (Skilled manual)15.27472/49160
 IV (Partly skilled)16.46258/38160
 V (Unskilled)15.32772/18120
Income (pounds sterling per annum):
 <10 400 pa16.015891/99320
 10 400-20 79916.66560/395200.53
 >/=20 80016.12685/16680
  • * For each group of patients the number of problems is given as percentage of number of key questions asked. For example, 2562 men were asked 40 key questions—total of 102 480 questions. Problems were reported with 51 474 (15.1%).

  • @ Analysis of variance.