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Table 4 Effect of additional AHA on participation restriction outcomes

From: The effect of delegation of therapy to allied health assistants on patient and organisational outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Study Outcome RR (95%CI) NNT (95%CI)
Hastings 2014 [29] Discharge home 1.23 (1.00 to 1.51) 6 (3 to 70)
Jones 2006 [32] Discharge home 2.19 (1.23 to 3.89) 6 (3 to 54)
Nolan 2008 [36] Discharge home 1.41 (1.03 to 1.94) 3 (2 to 5)
  ACAT referral 0.40 (0.22 to 0.71) 4 (2 to 22)
  lACAT approval 0.46 (0.24 to 0.90) 6 (N/A)
Shearer 2013 [41] Discharge home 1.41 (0.76 to 2.63)
Walsh 2015 [44] Discharge home 1.04 (0.85 to 1.59)
  1. ACAT Aged care assessment team, AHA Allied health assistant, RR Risk ratio, N/A Not available or unable to be calculated, NNT Number needed to treat. Bold text indicates statistically significant difference between groups favouring allied health assistant group
  2. Positive MD favours additional allied health assistant group
  3. RR > 1 favours additional allied health assistant group: discharge home
  4. RR < 1 favours additional allied health assistant group: aged care assessment referrals/approvals
  5. β MD reported in study