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Table 2 Emergency department outcome of elderly patients according to professional home services’ presence

From: Emergency department outcome of elderly patients assisted by professional home services, the EPIGER study

  All population
N = 1168
N(%)
No services
N = 800
N(%)
Services
N = 368
N(%)
P-value
Outcome after ED visit:
 Death 2(0.2) 0(0) 2(0.5) 0.037
 Admitted 773(66) 505(63) 268(73) 0.001
 Admitted for “having difficulties coping at home” 128(11) 80(10) 48(13) 0.124
 ED short unit 262(22) 175(22) 87(24) 0.496
 Other medical unit 460(39) 290(36) 170(46) 0.001
 Intensive care Unit 51(4) 40(5) 11(3) 0.119
 Runaway 4(0.3) 3(0.4) 1(0.3) 0.780
 Discharged against medical advice 7(0.6) 5(0.6) 2(0.5) 0.868
On Day 30 among admitted patients: N = 732 N = 480 N = 252  
 Death 52(7) 26(5) 26(10) 0.014
 Still hospitalized 213(29) 133(28) 80(32) 0.298
 Discharged home 450(61) 314(65) 136(54) 0.002
 Entering Elder facility 17(2) 7(2) 10(4) 0.032
Length-of-stay: N = 630 N = 415 N = 215  
Days, median (Q1;Q3) 8 (3;14) 8(3;14) 8(3;14) 0.917