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Table 1 Characteristics of participants (n = 16) and children (n = 17)

From: Continuity of care in children with special healthcare needs: a qualitative study of family’s perspectives

Study participants (n = 16); n (%) Mother only 8 (50.0%)
Father only 1 (6.2%)
Both parents 7 (43.8%)
Parental citizenship; n (%) Both Italian parents 6 (37.5%)
One Italian parent 3 (18.8%)
No Italian parents 7 (43.7%)
Gender of children (n = 17); n (%) Male 8 (47.1%)
Female 9 (52.9%)
Age of children, months   Mean = 14.5, SD = 16.6; Median = 9.1; Range: 3.3-67.9
Time from discharge, months   Mean = 3.8, SD = 2.4; Median = 3.5; Range: 0.7-8.3
Children’s diagnosed health condition at discharge; n (%) Prematurity < 1000 gr 9 (52.9%)
Encephalopathy 5 (29.4%)
Hydrocephalus 1 (5.9%)
Myopathy 1 (5.9%)
Malformation 1 (5.9%)
Hospital Unit; n (%) Pediatric and Nursery Unit LHA Imola 2 (11.8%)
Neonatology and NICU LHA Bologna 1 (5.9%)
Pediatric Unit LHA Bologna 3 (17.6%)
Pediatric Surgery Unit UH Bologna 3 (17.6%)
Neonatology Unit UH Bologna 7 (41.2%)
Pediatric Emergency Room UH Bologna 1 (5.9%)