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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the control and intervention group

From: The impact of teach-back on patient recall and understanding of discharge information in the emergency department: the Emergency Teach-Back (EM-TeBa) study

  Control group Intervention group Overall p value
N = 239 N = 244 N = 483
Mean (SD) Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
N (%) N (%) N (%)
Age (years) 52.41 (19.45) 49.95 (18.98) 51.17 (19.24) 0.160
 Young adulthood (18–34) 49 (20.5) 64 (26.2) 113 (23.4) 0.275
 Middle adulthood (35–64) 122 (51.0) 121 (49.6) 243 (50.3)
 Late adulthood (≥ 65) 68 (28.5) 59 (24.2) 127 (26.3)
Gender     0.254
 Male 112 (46.9) 127 (52.0) 239 (49.5)
 Female 127 (53.1) 117 (48.0) 244 (50.5)
Education level*     0.047
 Lower education 57 (23.8) 69 (29.0) 126 (26.4)
 Intermediate education 96 (40.2) 70 (29.4) 166 (34.8)
 Higher education 86 (36.0) 99 (41.6) 185 (38.8)
Complexity of problem**     0.967
 Low 112 (46.9) 112 (45.9) 224 (46.4)
 Medium 57 (23.8) 58 (23.8) 115 (23.8)
 High 70 (29.3) 74 (30.3) 144 (29.8)
Peak time (yes)*** 162 (67.8) 107 (43.9) 269 (55.7) 0.000
  1. *6 missing education levels in the intervention group
  2. **Low: fractures, contusions, wounds, hematomas; Medium: e.g., simple infections, kidney- or gallstones, stomach/rectal pain, bladder retention, hyperventilation; High: e.g., neurological (traumatic brain injury, headache), thromboembolic and cardiovascular diseases, multiple diagnoses
  3. ***2–7 PM, based on previous analysis of peak hours on our ED in the last 2 years