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Table 1 Mortality and use of services (percentages) for all participants and for those who rated their health status as poor at the start of the study

From: Effects of home visits by home nurses to elderly people with health problems: design of a randomised clinical trial in the Netherlands [ISRCTN92017183]

Results of study by van Rossum et al[5] Total population Population with poor perceived health
4 home visits a year over 3 years in intervention group; no visits for the control group (usual care) Intervention group
(n = 292)
Control group
(n = 288)
Intervention group
(n = 57)
Control group
(n = 53)
Mortality 41 (14%) 49 (17%) 14 (24%) 21 (40%)
Referrals to outpatient clinics 132 (55%) 166 (66%) 27 (61%) 38 (79%)
Hospital (re-) admissions
number of days
121 (41%)
3,838
133 (46%)
4,789
27 (47%)
1,134
39 (74%)
2,043
Admission to home for the elderly 20 (7%) 18 (6%) 12 (21%) 7 (13%)