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Table 1 Characteristics of discharges for non-transferred pediatric cancer patients: overall and for fever and neutropenia (FN) discharges – United States, 2009

From: Hospital discharges for fever and neutropenia in pediatric cancer patients: United States, 2009

  Proportion of overall pediatric cancer discharges Proportion of pediatric FN discharges
  % (95 % CI)
Patient characteristics
 Gender
 Female 45.0 (44.2–45.8) 46.5 (45.0–48.0)
Age
 0–4 years 28.9 (27.8–30.0) 36.7 (34.6–38.8)
 5–9 years 22.0 (21.2–22.7) 27.9 (26.6–29.3)
 10–14 years 21.3 (20.6–22.0) 18.2 (17.0–19.5)
 15–19 years 27.8 (26.6–29.1) 17.2 (15.8–18.7)
Race/Ethnicity
 White 48.4 (44.2–52.7) 55.7 (50.5–60.9)
 Black 9.7 (8.4–11.2) 7.1 (5.7–8.7)
 Hispanic 21.2 (17.7–25.3) 17.1 (13.6–21.3)
 Asian/pacific islander 7.9 (6.7–9.4) 7.6 (6.0–9.4)
Primary payer
 Public 39.2 (36.7–41.9) 37.1 (34.3–40.1)
 Private 53.4 (50.9–55.9) 57.3 (54.1–60.4)
 Self–pay 2.2 (1.5–3.1) 2.4 (1.4–3.9)
 Other 5.2 (3.9–6.9) 3.2 (2.5–4.2)
Median household income per ZIP code
 1st quartile 24.8 (22.5–27.3) 24.0 (20.7–27.8)
 2nd quartile 25.3 (50.9–55.9) 25.1 (23.0–27.2)
 3rd quartile 25.3 (1.5–3.1) 24.3 (22.2–26.6)
 4th quartile 24.6 (21.8–27.6) 26.5 (22.6–30.9)
Type of cancer
 ALL 24.6 (23.5–25.8) 44.3 (41.6–47.0)
 Bone cancer 12.8 (12.0–13.6) 10.4 (9.1–12.0)
 Central Nervous System tumor 9.6 (8.8–10.4) 6.2 (5.1–7.5)
 AML 5.9 (5.5–6.3) 7.4 (5.9–9.1)
 Soft tissue sarcoma 5.1 (4.7–5.6) 4.6 (3.9–5.4)
 Neuroblastoma 4.5 (3.9–5.1) 4.7 (3.7–6.0)
 Hodgkin lymphoma 3.2 (2.9–3.5) 2.9 (2.5–3.4)
 Wilms tumor 2.7 (2.5–3.0) 3.0 (2.5–3.6)
 Non–Hodgkin lymphoma 2.6 (2.3–2.9) 3.6 (3.1–4.3)
 Ovarian or testicular tumor 1.7 (1.5–1.9) 0.7 (0.5–1.0)
Hospital characteristics
Hospital Location-Teaching Status
 Rural 1.7 (1.0–2.8) 1.6 (0.7–3.3)
 Urban, non-teaching 9.9 (7.0–13.8) 7.2 (4.4–11.5)
 Urban, teaching 88.4 (84.4–91.5) 91.2 (86.7–94.3)
Hospital region
 Northeast 16.3 (11.2–23.0) 20.7 (13.6–30.2)
 Midwest 21.5 (15.7–28.8) 26.0 (18.0–36.0)
 South 36.3 (28.6–44.8) 40.2 (29.6–51.8)
 West 25.9 (18.8–34.4) 13.1 (7.4–22.2)