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Table 3 Contact with the acute care system during the follow-up period (ambulance use, emergency department presentation or hospital admission)

From: The cost-effectiveness of a telephone-based intervention to support caregivers of older people discharged from hospital

Variable Control Intervention p-value
Contact with health system [n/N (%)] 45/86 (52.3) 43/77 (55.8) 0.6527#
Hospital LOS (days)
N; median (range)
42; 8.5 (1–51) 39; 8.0 (1–50) 0.8574&
Acute care costs (AUD$); mean (SD) $9421 ($14,566) $9306 ($13,734) 0.4848*
  1. # Chi-square test
  2. & Wilcoxon 2-sample test
  3. *T-test following Box-Cox transformation