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Table 5 Health care utilisation and care situation, PaTH group vs control group

From: Generic care pathway for elderly patients in need of home care services after discharge from hospital: a cluster randomised controlled trial

Time Variable PaTH (N = 163) Control (N = 141) Odds ratioa (95%CI) P-value
During 30 days Readmissions n (%) 27 (16.6%) 25 (17.7%) 0.8 (0.4–1.7) 0.65
At 6 months No care, n (%) 33 (20.2%) 22 (15.6%) 1.6 (0.8–3.2) 0.17
Home care, n (%) 103 (63.2%) 90 (63.8%) 1.1 (0.7–1.8) 0.62
Permanent nursing home stay, n (%) 6 (3.7%) 7 (5.0%) 0.4 (0.1–1.4) 0.10
Dead, n (%) 21 (12.9%) 22 (15.6%) 0.7 (0.4–1.5) 0.38
At 12 months No care, n (%) 30 (18.4%) 24 (17.0%) 1.0 (0.5–1.9) 0.95
Home care, n (%) 86 (52.8%) 78 (55.3%) 1.1 (0.7–1.8) 0.60
Permanent nursing home stay, n (%) 13 (8.0%) 12 (8.5%) 0.7 (0.3–1.7) 0.47
Dead, n (%) 34 (20.9%) 27 (19.1%) 0.8 (0.4–1.6) 0.40
During 12 months Hospital admissions (n) / patients (n) 244 (106) 230 (96) 1.0 (0.2–1.3) 0.77
Days in hospital, mean (SD) 10.3 (15.0) 11.0 (15.7) 0.8 (0. 5–1.4) 0.43
Nursing home admissions (n)b / patients (n) 175 (94) 147 (85) 0.9 (0.7–1.3) 0.62
Days in nursing homes, mean (SD) 41.4 (76.8) 45.9 (76.9) 0.7 (0.2–2.2) 0.55
Days at home, mean (SD) 267.5 (123.7) 260.9 (127.6) 1.8 (0.9–3.4) 0.08
GP encounters, mean (SD)c 5.1 (5.0) 4.4 (4.47) 1.4 (1.0–1.8) 0.04
  1. aAll variables are adjusted for IPLOS, number of chronic conditions and living alone. Variables measured during 12 months are accounted for days at risk
  2. bInclude both permanent and short term stays in nursing homes / rehabilitation facilities
  3. cAvailable data from GPs’ electronic health records: PaTH group /control group: 157 patients (96%) / 136 patients (97%) while data on all patients were available from hospital and municipal care records