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Table 2 Characteristics of VA surgery patients with or without serious mental illness, FY2006-FY2009 (N = 321,131)

From: Serious mental illnesses associated with receipt of surgery in retrospective analysis of patients in the Veterans Health Administration

  Schizophrenia Bipolar Disorder PTSD MDD Non-SMI
  (n = 7155) (n = 6795) (n = 23,178) (n = 8269) (n = 275,734)
Characteristic N or mean % or SD N or mean % or SD N or mean % or SD N or mean % or SD N or mean % or SD
Agea 59.9 10.7 56.1 10.9 59.2 10.1 58.6 11.2 64.6 12.2
Charlson Comorbidity Scorea 2.6 2.6 2.1 2.5 2.4 2.5 2.5 2.6 2.8 2.7
Selim Chronic Disease Scorea 6.2 2.5 6.3 2.5 6.5 2.4 6.1 2.4 4.7 2.4
Womena 429 6 994 14.6 1459 6.3 1042 12.6 11,696 4.2
Race           
 Missing/unknowna 118 1.6 175 2.6 733 3.2 211 2.6 14,058 5.1
 Whitea 4605 64.4 5509 81.1 17,047 73.5 6436 77.8 205,788 74.6
 African Americana 2241 31.3 928 13.7 4538 19.6 1369 16.6 49,541 18
 Asian/Native American 191 2.7 183 2.7 860 3.7 253 3.1 6347 2.3
Hispanica 655 9.3 285 4.3 1667 7.4 561 7 15,060 5.8
Marrieda 1576 22 2198 32.3 12,610 54.4 3311 40 131,555 47.7
Census Region           
 Northeasta 1317 18.4 917 13.5 3101 13.4 1115 13.5 32,931 11.9
 Midwest 1422 19.9 1551 22.8 3822 16.5 1886 22.8 56,883 20.6
 Southa 2554 35.7 2532 37.3 10,198 44 3275 39.6 119,695 43.4
 West 1505 21 1752 25.8 5960 25.7 1797 21.7 62,003 22.5
 Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands 357 5 43 0.6 97 0.4 196 2.4 4222 1.5
VA Priority 1 – 50-100 % service-connected disabilitya 3687 51.5 2305 33.9 16,428 70.9 2365 28.6 50,627 18.4
Obesity Diagnosisa 2357 32.9 2575 37.9 8739 37.7 3115 37.7 72,838 26.4
Complications of Surgery 655 9.2 531 7.8 1724 7.4 676 8.2 22,960 8.3
30-day Readmission 1129 15.8 899 13.2 2521 10.9 1048 12.7 32,521 11.8
30-day Postoperative Death 330 4.6 140 2.1 491 2.1 180 2.2 10,255 3.7
  1. aall means for the serious mental illness groups were significantly different from those for no mental illness at p < .0001