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Table 3 Chart review results-- patient characteristics and prognosis documentation in the intervention and control groups

From: Incorporating prognosis in the care of older adults with multimorbidity: description and evaluation of a novel curriculum

  Intervention Control P-value
Patient characteristics     
Number of patients involved in reviewed charts N = 49 N = 63  
Patient age, mean (SD), year 68.9 (7.7) 70.0 (8.3) 0.58
Female patient, number (%) 23 (47 %) 42 (67 %) 0.05
Patient race, number (%)    
- White 31 (63 %) 2 (3 %) <0.001
- African American 12 (24 %) 56 (89 %) <0.001
- Other 6 (12 %) 5 (8 %) 0.53
Number of chronic conditions a, mean (SD) 4.0 (1.7) 3.3 (1.4) 0.02
Number of medications, mean (SD) 11.1 (5.9) 10.4 (6.0) 0.52
Documentation results
Number of charts reviewed N = 71 (baseline 25, follow-up 46) N = 71 (baseline 25, follow-up 46)  
Overall prognosis Baseline 1/25 0/25 >0.99
Follow-up 8/46 0/46 0.006
Cancer screening Baseline 15/25 13/25 0.78
Follow-up 17/46 26/46 0.09
Overall prognosis documentation among charts that documented cancer screening Baseline 0/15 0/13 >0.99
Follow-up 3/17 0/26 0.06
  1. aOut of 30 conditions in the Elixhauser comorbidity index [34]