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An exercise and telephone follow-up programme reduced emergency readmissions and improved quality of life in older peopleCommentary

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STUDY DESIGN

Design:

randomised controlled trial.

Allocation:

{concealed}*.†

Blinding:

blinded {data collectors, data analysts, and safety committee}*.†

STUDY QUESTION

Setting:

tertiary metropolitan hospital in Australia.

Patients:

128 patients ⩾65 years of age (mean age 79 y, 76% women, based on 122 patients) who were admitted to hospital for an acute medical condition and had ⩾1 risk factor for readmission (included age ⩾75 y, recent multiple admissions, multiple comorbidities, functional impairment, and depression). Exclusion criteria were need for home oxygen, inability to walk independently for 3 metres, or cognitive deficit.

Intervention:

exercise and telephone follow-up intervention (n = 64) or usual care (n = 64). The intervention included …

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