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Table 2 Variables to be included in the sensitivity analysis

From: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial of an outreach support program for family carers of older people discharged from hospital

Variable Possible range
Rate and type of re-admission (effectiveness) Vary according to range in the trial
Rate of ED presentation ± ambulance (effectiveness) Vary according to range in the trial
Magnitude of change in carer preparedness (effectiveness) Vary according to range in the trial
Features of usual care (Cost) Vary based on type of staff included and resources provided
FECH nurse model (Cost) Vary according to qualifications, hours required, nurse/patient load.
Number of patients requiring service (Cost) Vary according to bed capacity.
Type of assistance required by carer (cost) Vary phone versus face to face
Type of patient Vary gender, age, clinical profile