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Table 3 Primary diagnoses for emergency department visits stratified by receipt and type of homeless services, Cook County, IL

From: Variability in comorbidites and health services use across homeless typologies: multicenter data linkage between healthcare and homeless systems

  Stable Housing No homeless services
  No Yes    
  N = 12,490 N = 2712 N = 8313
  n % Rank  n % Rank  n % Rank 
Primary diagnosis
Prescription refill 852 6.8* 1 137 5.1 2 265 3.2* 6
Chest pain, unspecified 765 6.1* 2 201 7.4 1 623 7.5 1
Alcohol abuse with intoxication 652 5.2* 3 58 2.1 10 403 4.8* 2
Administrative exam 634 5.1* 4 84 3.1 5 338 4.1* 5
Suicidal ideation 571 4.6* 5 44 1.6 12 364 4.4* 3
Asthma, unspecified 552 4.4 6 123 4.5 3 209 2.5* 7
Schizophrenia or auditory hallucinations 372 3.0* 7 14 0.5 37 183 2.2* 10
Low back pain 334 2.7 8 79 2.9 6 354 4.3* 4
Abdominal pain, unspecified 313 2.5 9 72 2.7 7 208 2.5 8
Foot pain 287 2.3* 10 18 0.7 28 185 2.2* 9
  1. Statistical significance testing performed using the chi-square test with stable housing set as the referent group. All comparisons were 2X2 tables; i.e., each variable across each homeless services column was cross tabulated with the referent group
  2. *P < 0.01 for tests of statistical significance