Table 2

Baseline characteristics and treatment at admission
Characteristic Usual hospital care (N = 69) Early assisted discharge (N = 70)
Age (years) 67.8 (11.3) 68.3 (10.3)
Men (%) 38 (55.1) 48 (68.6)
Current smokers (%) 27 (39.1) 23 (32.9)
Comorbidity score† 1.68 (1.1) 1.74 (1.1)
  Comorbidity score of 1 (%) 42 (60.0) 38 (54.0)
  Comorbidity score > 1 (%) 27 (39.0) 32 (46.0)
Living situation:
  Living alone (%) 21 (30.4) 22 (31.4)
  Receiving care at home before admission (%) 16 (23.2) 17 (24.3)
Treatment at admission:
  Long term oxygen treatment (%) 4 (5.8) 5 (7.1)
  Oral steroids (%) 5 (7.2) 10 (14.3)
  Course of oral steroids prior to admission (%) 34 (50.0) 35 (50.7)
  Course antibiotics prior to admission (%) 31 (45.6) 32 (46.4)

† Charlson Comorbidity Index, 1 = only COPD, higher score means more comorbidities.

Utens et al.

Utens et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:363   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-363

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