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Table 3 Pre- and Post-enrollment acute hospital utilization, length of stay and specialist outpatient clinic visits at 3 and 6 months

From: Effectiveness of a transitional home care program in reducing acute hospital utilization: a quasi-experimental study

  Pre-enrollment Post-enrollment Difference (pre - post)a P valueb
Exclude one homecare visit only (n = 186)
Re-admission visits     
3-months from intervention 298 152 146 <0.001
6-months from intervention 463 226 237 <0.001
Emergency department attendances     
3-months from intervention 290 176 114 <0.001
6-months from intervention 451 262 189 <0.001
Length of stay (days)     
3-months from intervention 3981 1572 2409 <0.001
6-months from intervention 6675 2543 4132 <0.001
Specialist outpatient visits     
3-months from intervention 232 340 −108 0.003
6-months from intervention 474 559 −85 0.479
Exclude deaths within 6 months of intervention (n = 218)
Re-admission visits     
3-months from intervention 351 151 200 <0.001
6-months from intervention 525 234 291 <0.001
Emergency department visits     
3-months from intervention 355 173 182 <0.001
6-months from intervention 535 266 269 <0.001
Total length of stay (days)     
3-months from intervention 4627 1973 2654 <0.001
6-months from intervention 7599 3016 4583 <0.001
Specialist outpatient visits     
3-months from intervention 268 397 −129 <0.001
6-months from intervention 533 645 −112 0.177
  1. a-ve: post higher utilization.
  2. bWilcoxon sign rank test.