Table 2

Dependent primary and secondary outcome variables

VariableInstrument/codingSourceTime
Primary outcome
 Acute care admissionYes/no (inpatient, non-palliative admission)Inpatient and outpatient research identifiable files (RIF)Index ED visit
Secondary outcomes
 ED revisitCountInpatient and outpatient RIFUp to 6 months from index ED visit
 Inpatient daysCountInpatient RIFUp to 6 months from index ED visit
 Hospice useYes/noHospice RIFUp to 6 months from index ED visit
 Home health useYes/noHome Health RIFUp to 6 months from index ED visit
 SurvivalDays (count)Vital status RIFUp to 6 months from index ED visit or death
  • *Primary and secondary outcomes to be measured as change in measures from baseline to 4 weeks postimplementation.

  • ED, emergency department.