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Table 1 Outcome measures for cluster randomised controlled trial

From: Improving access for community health and sub-acute outpatient services: protocol for a stepped wedge cluster randomised controlled trial

   Sample Data collection points
Outcome Source All patients presenting to service Consecutive subgroup (n = 640) On admission 12 weeks post admission
Primary Outcome:  
 Days from referral to first appointment Routinely collected health services data    
 Demographic Data (age, sex, diagnosis, usual residence, referral reason/source) Routinely collected health services data    
Secondary Outcomes:  
 Number & type of appointments received and days from first to last appointment Routinely collected health services data   
 Health Related Quality of Life (AQOL-8D) Prospective survey  
 Hospital admissions within 6 months of referral as a marker of adverse events Routinely collected health services data   
 Patient/carer satisfaction with service Prospective survey    
 Number of patients discharged without being seen and DNA rates Routinely collected health services data   
 Individual/household health utilisation data, covering the periods (1) from referral until 1st visit and (2) 3 months following first visit. Prospective survey  
 Waiting list snapshot (number of patients on waiting list, median wait time) Routinely collected health services data   End of pre-Intervention period; beginning and end of post-intervention period