Table 1

Characteristics of patients discharged from study wards

CharacteristicIntervention wards (N=5805)Control ward
(N=1887)
Service, n (%)General internal medicine 4781 (82.4)
Cardiology 1024 (17.6)
Gastroenterology 1309 (69.4)
Surgery 424 (22.4)
Other 154 (8.2)
Mean age, year (SD)67.0 (19.9)50.9 (19.4)*
Female, n (%)3029 (52.2)1026 (54.4)
Median length of stay, days (IQR)5.0 (3.0–8.0)4.0 (2.0–9.0)*
  • *P<0.05.