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Table 1 Study group characteristics, outpatient visits and mean total staff costs per patient per six months, and results of variance analysis for demographic and clinical parameters.

From: Staff costs of hospital-based outpatient care of patients with cystic fibrosis

Variable n (%) Outpatient visits Total patients' staff costs in € (± SD)
Age    
children (aged < 11 y) 36 (28.6%) 2.9 181.9 (± 124.3)**
   children aged ≤ 1 y (n = 9)    9 (7.1%)    4.4    296.9 (± 169.3)**
   children aged > 1-6 y (n = 18)    18 (14.3%)    2.2    147.1 (± 74)
   children aged 7-10 y (n = 9)    9 (7.1%)    3.0    136.7 (± 86.2)
adolescents (aged 11-18 y) 30 (23.8%) 3.2 143.7 (± 89.1)
adults (aged 19-55 y) 60 (47.6%) 2.9 117.9 (± 82.1)**
Sex    
males 63 (50%) 2.8 135.8 (± 96.4)
females 63 (50%) 3.1 148.9 (± 104.7)
Lung-function-related severity level    
mild (FEV1 ≥ 70%) 40 (38.8%) 2.2 113.5 (± 71.2)
moderate (FEV1 < 70% to ≥ 40%) 41 (39.8%) 3.5 132.6 (± 80)
severe (FEV1 < 40%) 22 (21.4%) 3.1 143.8 (± 110.7)
Diagnosis-related severity level    
mild (absence of P. aeruginosa) 45 (35.7%) 2.7 162.4 (± 121.5)
moderate (P. aeruginosa colonization) 66 (52.4%) 3.2 128.4 (± 82.1)
severe (pulmonary hypertension and global respiratory insufficiency) 15 (11.9%) 2.9 143.2 (± 101.1)
  1. **p ≤ 0.01 (F-test for each group vs all remaining patients).