Table 2.

Baseline Characteristics of Patients With Myocardial Infarction Staying in Rural Hospitals or Transferring Out of Rural Hospitals

CharacteristicStayed in Rural Hospitals (n = 1,426)Transferred Out of Rural Hospitals (n = 730)PValue
APR-DRG = All Patient Refined Diagnosis-Related Group.
Age, mean, years82.471.5<.001
Male, %45.056.7<.001
Black, %
Number of secondary diagnoses, mean5.664.24<.001
Charlson Comorbidity Index, mean0.960.67<.001
APR-DRG risk index, mean0.090.04<.001