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Table 1 Characteristics of Nursing Homes (NHs) by number of beds category (small/large) in Haifa sub district in 20062007 (standard deviation and percentages in parenthesis)

From: Variables correlated with elderly referral from nursing homes to general hospitals

 

Small NHs* N = 15

Large NHs** N = 17

P value

Specialized medical manager (%)

6 (40.0%)

7 (41.2%)

.615

Physician availability per day

   

 Up to 8 hours

10 (66.7%)

5 (29.4%)

.102

 9-12 hours

2 (13.3%)

6 (35.3%)

 13 and more hours

3 (20.0%)

6 (35.3%)

Registered nurse availability per shift (%)

   

 Morning

4 (26.7%)

2 (11.8%)

.550

 Morning and afternoon

4 (26.7%)

6 (35.3%)

 Morning, afternoon and night

7 (46.7%)

9 (52.9%)

Referral form (%)

   

 Direct

10 (66.7%)

15 (88.2%)

.149

 Indirect

5 (33.3%)

2 (11.8%)

Average referral rate per 100 financed beds (SD)***

69.1 (SD = 54.0)

63.7 (SD = 28.1)

.722

Average annual mortality rate per 100 financed beds (SD)

35.3 (SD = 19.2)

31.3 (SD = 15.8)

.525

Average length of stay in days in general hospitals (SD)

7.2 (SD = 3.3)

6.4 (SD = 1.5)

.400

  1. Note: *Small NHs (<=49 licensed beds): were included 506 beds with 162 referrals to general hospitals in study period. **Large NHs (> = 50 licensed beds): were included 1829 beds with 887 referrals to general hospitals in study period. ***Financed by Ministry of Health.