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Table 1 Eligible patients’ characteristics and comparison

From: Direct phone communication to primary care physician to plan discharge from hospital: feasibility and benefits

  Attempted calls patients
(n = 196)
Unattempted calls patients
(n = 79)
p
Sex: number of men’s (%) 103 (52%) 39 (49%) 0,730
Age: years, average (± D) 73,8 (± 17) 69,7 (± 21) 0,104
Place of residence: number (%) Home 171 (87%) 65 (82%) 0,403
  Nursing home 16 (8%) 10 (13%)  
  Residence for independent seniors 9 (5%) 4 (5%)  
Number of treatments ordered on entry prescription: average (± SD) 6,6 (± 4) 6,0 (± 4) 0,281
Presence of social assistance at home: number of patients (%) 100 (51%) 44 (55%) 0,596
ADL D-15: average (± SD) a 4,9 (± 1) 5,1 (± 1) 0,396
IADL D-15: average (± SD) b 4,9 (± 3) 5,0 (± 3) 0,905
Main diagnosis of the stay: number (%)    0,409
  Diseases of the respiratory system 77 (39,3%) 33 (41,8%)  
  Diseases of the circulatory system 23 (11,8%) 9 (11,5%)  
  Diseases of the genitourinary system 16 (8,2%) 13 (16,4%)  
  Diseases of the digestive system 19 (9,7%) 6 (7,6%)  
  Infectious diseases 10 (5,1%) 2 (2,5%)  
  Diseases of the nervous system 9 (4,6%) 1 (1,2%)  
  Other diseases 42 (21,3%) 15 (19,0%)  
Social care during hospitalization: number (%) 41 (21%) 13 (16%) 0,499
Length of stay: whole days, average (± SD) 7,5 (± 4,0) 6,1 (± 3,9) 0,008
Day on discharge: number (%)    < 0,001
  Workdays 183 (93%) 57 (72%)  
  Saturday 9 (5%) 18 (23%)  
  Sunday 4 (2%) 4 (5%)  
Hospital readmission: within 30 days, number (%) 36 (18%) 16 (20,2%) 0.735
  1. a missing data = 8 b missing data = 26