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Table 1 Number of hospital and ICU episodes of care, by combination method

From: Constructing episodes of inpatient care: data infrastructure for population-based research

  No combining of abstracts or records ≤ 1 day gaps ≤ 2 day gaps
Indication of inter-hospital transfer Indication of inter-hospital transfer
Used Not used Used Not used
Method 1 Method 2 Method 3 Method 4 Method 5
Number of episodes
 Hospital episodes 48,551 45,226 45,113 45,221 45,019
 ICU episodes 53,246 48,312 48,290 47,777 47,716
Difference vs. Method 1
 Hospital episodes -- 6.8% 7.1% 6.9% 7.3%
 ICU episodes -- 9.3% 9.3% 10.3% 10.4%