|Organization of treatment in Department of Geriatrics (DG) as compared with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (DOS)|
|Experimental group||Control group|
|Department||Clinic of Internal Medicine,||Clinic of Orthopaedics and Rheumatology|
|Department of Geriatrics (DG)||Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (DOS)|
|Facilities*||Single bed rooms||Before relocation: single, double or four –bed rooms|
|After relocation: single bed rooms|
|Number of beds in the ward||15||19 before / 24 after relocation|
|Organization of ward||5 beds dedicated for hip fracture patients allocated to one single cluster||Hip fracture patients spread among other patients|
|Staff working bed-side (number per bed)||Nurses/assistant nurses: 1.67||Nurses/assistant nurses: 1.48|
|Doctors : 0.13||Doctors: 0.11 (0.08 after relocation)|
|Physiotherapists: 0.13||Physiotherapists: 0.09 (0.07 after relocation)|
|Occupational therapists: 0.13||Occupational therapists: 0|
Patients were recruited from April 18th 2008 to December 30th 2010.
*DG was located in a new hospital building during the entire study period while DOS was relocated from an old to a new hospital building in September 2009 (as 219 of 398 patients were recruited).
Saltvedt et al.
Saltvedt et al. BMC Research Notes 2012 5:355 doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-355