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Table 1 Organization of treatment in Department of Geriatrics (DG) as compared with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (DOS)

From: Development and delivery of patient treatment in the Trondheim Hip Fracture Trial. A new geriatric in-hospital pathway for elderly patients with hip fracture

  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
  1. Patients were recruited from April 18th 2008 to December 30th 2010.
  2. *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).