Table 2

Demographic characteristics and services used by participants across regions

NationalSouthMid-WestSouth EastNorth EastWestDublin North EastDublin MidlandsDublin South
Participants1205149155139166127149156164
Sex
 Female (%)50.5%82 (55)87 (56.1)74 (53.2)98 (59)79 (62.2)80 (53.7)84 (53.8)93 (56.7)
Age
 0–15 (%)21.4%48 (32.2)49 (31.6)39 (28.1)46 (27.7)29 (22.8)42 (28.2)46 (29.5)39 (23.8)
 16–34 (%)29.1%45 (30.2)42 (27.1)43 (30.9)47 (28.3)40 (31.5)44 (29.5)36 (23.1)53 (32.3)
 35–54 (%)27.8%29 (19.5)35 (22.6)30 (21.6)37 (22.3)30 (23.6)39 (26.2)47 (30.1)39 (23.8)
 55–74 (%)16.7%25 (16.8)26 (16.8)22 (15.8)31 (18.7)22 (17.3)21 (14.1)26 (16.7)29 (17.7)
 75+ (%)5%2 (1.3)3 (1.9)5 (3.6)5 (3)6 (4.7)3 (2)1 (0.6)4 (2.4)
Services used
 Mean number used and range2.25 (1–12)2.27 (1–8)2.48 (1–9)2.42 (1–8)2.16 (1–6)2.31 (1–6)2.05 (1–6)2.23 (1–6)2.15 (1–12)
 Pharmacy544 (45.1)63 (42.3)73 (47.1)61 (43.9)76 (45.8)61 (48)66 (44.3)69 (44.2)75 (45.7)
 GP in-hours771 (64)92 (61.7)105 (67.7)88 (63.3)101 (60.7)86 (67.7)87 (58.4)108 (69.2)104 (63.4)
 GP out-of-hours250 (20.7)43 (28.9)34 (21.9)36 (25.9)44 (26.5)24 (18.9)21 (14.1)28 (17.9)20 (12.2)
 Ambulance91 (7.6)10 (6.7)14 (9)13 (9.4)9 (5.4)8 (6.3)14 (9.4)12 (7.7)11 (6.7)
 Public ED376 (31.2)39 (26.2)50 (32.3)53 (38.1)45 (27.1)37 (29.1)52 (34.9)57 (36.5)43 (26.2)
 Private ED44 (3.7)5 (3.4)11 (7.1)5 (3.6)4 (2.4)3 (2.4)5 (3.4)2 (1.3)9 (5.5)
 Public LIU68 (5.6)12 (8.1)10 (6.5)11 (7.9)11 (6.6)1 (0.8)4 (2.7)9 (5.8)10 (6.1)
 Private LIU67 (5.6)4 (0.4)10 (1)4 (0.4)5 (0.5)3 (0.3)18 (1.8)7 (4.5)16 (9.8)
 Other122 (10.1)11 (7.4)17 (11)16 (11.5)18 (10.8)17 (13.4)12 (8.1)18 (11.5)13 (7.9)
Condition
 Illness798 (66.2)109 (73.2)99 (63.9)100 (71.9)107 (64.5)76 (59.8)101 (67.8)103 (66)103 (62.8)
 Injury305 (25.3)31 (20.8)44 (28.4)28 (20.1)49 (29.5)33 (26)38 (25.5)36 (23.1)46 (28)
 Adverse reaction9 (0.7)0 (0)2 (1.3)2 (1.4)2 (1.2)1 (0.8)1 (0.7)1 (0.6)0 (0)
 Infection23 (1.9)1 (0.7)0 (0)2 (1.4)2 (1.2)7 (5.5)2 (1.3)4 (2.6)4 (2.4)
 Mental health issue10 (0.8)1 (0.7)1 (0.6)1 (0.7)0 (0)1 (0.8)0 (0)5 (3.2)1 (0.6)
 Other41 (3.4)5 (3.4)7 (4.5)4 (2.9)3 (1.8)6 (4.7)5 (3.4)4 (2.6)7 (4.3)
 Not stated20 (1.7)2 (1.3)2 (1.3)2 (1.4)3 (1.8)3 (2.4)2 (1.3)3 (1.9)3 (1.8)
  • Values are frequencies with percentages in parentheses, unless otherwise stated.

  • ED, emergency department; GP, general practice; LIU, local injury unit.