Table 3

Characteristics of hospital admissions during the study period, by whether a new domiciliary care package was initiated during the hospital stay or within 7 days of hospital discharge

VariableAdmissions
Levelwith DC package
n=771
without DC package
n=66 497
Age group19–29<10 (<1.3)7461 (11.2)
30–39<10 (<1.3)9837 (14.8)
40–4912 (1.6)10 509 (15.8)
50–5947 (6.1)12 342 (18.6)
60–69122 (15.8)10 424 (15.7)
70–79209 (27.1)8512 (12.8)
80+370 (48.0)7412 (11.1)
Median (IQR)79.5 (70.0–85.7)54.3 (39.3–69.4)
SexFemale489 (63.4)39 607 (59.6)
Male282 (36.6)26 890 (40.4)
Number of comorbidities at study entry0180 (23.3)32 657 (49.2)
1243 (31.5)18 807 (28.3)
2174 (22.6)8656 (13.0)
3+174 (22.6)6239 (9.4)
Median (IQR)1 (1–2)1 (0–1)
Length of stay (days)029 (3.8)44 038 (66.2)
1–4107 (13.9)14 419 (21.7)
5–9187 (24.3)4401 (6.6)
10–19222 (28.8)2184 (3.3)
20+226 (29.3)1455 (2.2)
Median (IQR)11(6–22)0 (0–1)
Admission typePlanned90 (11.7)41 618 (62.6)
Emergency681 (88.3)24 879 (37.4)
Frail admission type (primary diagnosis)No650 (84.3)65 488 (98.5)
Yes121 (15.7)1009 (1.5)
  • Data are n (%) or median (IQR). Small groups were censored.

  • DC, domiciliary care.