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Table 1 Characteristics of survey respondents at the quick diagnosis unit (N = 159)

From: Perception of quality of care of patients with potentially severe diseases evaluated at a distinct quick diagnostic delivery model: a cross-sectional study

Variable N (%) Mean (SD)
Age, years   60.5 (17.42)
 18–44 24 (15)  
 45–65 59 (37)  
  > 65 76 (48)  
Sex   
 Female 75 (47)  
 Male 84 (53)  
Education   
 University education 15 (9)  
 Secondary or professional training 32 (20)  
 Primary education 64 (40)  
 No schooling 48 (30)  
Monthly household income, Eurosa   1376 (185.11)
  > 1800 29 (18)  
 1201–1800 52 (33)  
 901–1200 45 (28)  
  ≤ 900 33 (21)  
Previous visits at hospitals’ outpatients clinics 93 (59)  
Previous hospitalizations at this hospital 56 (35)  
Referral sources   
 Emergency department 84 (53)  
 Primary care centers 55 (35)  
 Specialized outpatient clinics 6 (4)  
 Other 14 (9)  
Wait time from referral to first visit, daysb   3.6 (1.30)
Main reasons for consultation   
 Peripheral lymphadenopathies 39 (25)  
 Unintentional weight loss 24 (15)  
 Suspicion/palpation of masses 22 (14)  
 Anemia 19 (12)  
QDU visits, number   2.2 (0.73)
  ≤ 2 95 (60)  
 3 43 (27)  
  ≥ 4 21 (13)  
Time to diagnosis, daysc   12.2 (8.71)
Main diagnoses   
 Malignancy 41 (26)  
 Benign digestive disorders 18 (11)  
 Reactive lymphadenopathy 11 (7)  
 Anemia (unrelated to malignancy) 8 (5)  
Onwards referrals   
 Primary care centers 83 (52)  
 Specialized outpatient clinics 65 (41)  
 Hospitalization 8 (5)  
 Emergency department 2 (1)  
 Other 1 (1)  
  1. SD = standard deviation; QDU = quick diagnosis unit.
  2. aIncome of all household members, after tax deductions. Respondents had to choose one alternative from eight income ranges.
  3. bFrom date of referral to date of first visit. Consecutive days, including weekends and holidays.
  4. cFrom first QDU visit to definitive diagnosis (i.e. last visit)