TABLE 1

Family, Parent, and Child Characteristics

CharacteristicValue
Parents/guardians (N = 166)
 Female131 (79)
 Marital status
  Single34 (20)
  Married/engaged113 (68)
  Separated/divorced16 (10)
  Widowed/widower1 (<1)
  Not reported2 (1)
 Ethnicity/race
  White123 (74)
  African American28 (17)
  Hispanic2 (1)
  Other13 (8)
 Education
  GED/high school or less58 (35)
  Associates degree or higher100 (60)
  Not reported8 (5)
 Employment status
  Full-time104 (63)
  Part-time25 (15)
  Unemployed34 (20)
  Not reported3 (2)
 Travel time to hospital, median (range), min35 (5–480)
 Age, mean ± SD (range), y37.4 ± 9.2 (18–60)
Children (N = 166)
 Female77 (46)
 Age, mean ± SD (range), y7.1 ± 6.3 (0.01–17)
 Ethnicity/race
  White120 (72)
  African American31 (19)
  Hispanic1 (<1)
  Other11 (7)
  Information not available3 (2)
 Medical history
  Healthy51 (31)
  Underlying medical condition115 (69)
 No. of previous admissions
  None57 (34)
  1–366 (40)
  4–1024 (15)
  >1012 (7)
  Not reported7 (4)
 Admitting service
  Hospitalist100 (60)
  Specialty servicea66 (40)
 Unplanned admission136 (82)
 Length of stay, mean ± SD (range), h83 ± 64 (34–634)
  • Data are presented as n (%), unless indicated otherwise. GED, General Educational Development test.

  • a Did not include hematology/oncology or epilepsy services, which are housed in separate wings of the children’s hospital.