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Table 1 Baseline characteristics according to clerkship group

From: Impact of a mandatory geriatric medicine clerkship on the care of older acute medical patients: a retrospective cohort study

Characteristic GM exposure No GM exposure P-value
  (n = 62) (n = 74)  
Patient characteristics    
Age, mean (SD) 79.92 (6.02) 82.76 (7.07) 0.01
Female, (%) 61.29 52.70 0.39
Residence prior to admission, (%)    
Home 77.42 81.08 0.67
Assisted living/retirement home 6.45 13.51 0.26
Long term care 16.13 5.41 0.05
Charlson comorbidity index, mean (SD) 2.69 (1.84) 2.40 (1.62) 0.33
Admitting diagnosis, (%)    
Pneumonia/influenza 20.97 22.97 0.84
Heart failure 14.52 14.86 1.00
Chronic lung disease 14.52 2.70 0.02
Urinary tract infection 9.68 6.76 0.55
Acute coronary syndrome 0.00 9.46 0.02
Atrial fibrillation 9.68 6.76 0.55
Falls 8.06 12.16 0.57
Delirium/confusion 1.61 12.16 0.02
Weakness 6.45 9.46 0.75
Failure to cope 6.45 2.70 0.41
Comorbidities, (%)    
Diabetes mellitus 37.10 22.97 0.09
Coronary artery disease 30.65 32.43 0.86
Chronic lung disease 27.42 14.86 0.09
Arrhythmia 22.58 25.68 0.69
Cognitive impairment 8.06 25.68 0.01
Heart failure 22.58 21.62 1.00
Cerebrovascular disease 20.97 21.62 1.00
Psychiatric disorder 14.52 9.46 0.43
Chronic renal failure 14.52 8.11 0.28
Clerk characteristics    
Experience in days, median (IQR) 181 (30–264) 114 (28–201) 0.37