Table 3

 Aspects of process of care for patients by admitting physician

Respiratory physician(n = 2216)[median age 70]General physician(n = 3711)[median age 71]CoE physician(n = 1186)[median age 76]
%n%nOR* (95% CI)%nOR* (95% CI)
*Odds relative to respiratory physician group. Odds ratios (OR) were adjusted for the case mix variables in table 2 including age group using standard logistic regression methods adapted for hospital clustering.
Accepted by an early discharge scheme17368/211615523/35870.84 (0.64 to 1.10)11125/11300.63 (0.45 to 0.88)
NOT seen by respiratory nurse or physician at all375/2159361290/362315.1 (10.9 to 20.9)48547/113123.0 (15.7 to 33.6)
NO gases on admission11250/216717598/36051.43 (1.18 to 1.69)16190/11501.23 (0.94 to 1.59)
NO FEV1 within last 5 years documented378154617051.37 (1.15 to 1.64)556571.69 (1.35 to 2.13)
NO respiratory rate documented19431196910.91 (0.76 to 1.09)202320.94 (0.73 to 1.21)
NO systemic corticosteroids for >24 hours as inpatient13287/214417617/36051.27 (1.05 to 1.54)19217/11531.25 (0.95 to 1.61)
Receiving ventilatory support if pH <7.3544251/56936279/7810.71 (0.56 to 0.90)2661/2350.48 (0.33 to 0.70)