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Study flow diagram.
* Patients did not meet inclusion criteria if they were admitted from or planned discharge to an institutional setting (n = 74), planned hospitalization (n = 3) or discharge to a non-U.S. community (n = 5), were transferred to different hospital service (n = 8), did not speak English (n = 371) or have a telephone (n = 71), were on hospital precautions (n = 274) or suicide watch with a sitter (n = 10), were unable to consent (n = 181), had sickle cell disease as the admitting diagnosis (n = 38), had privacy status (n = 8), were deaf or blind (n = 2), or other (n = 4).
† Usual care participants did not meet eligibility criteria if they were discharged to a nursing facility (n = 28), were transferred to another hospital service (n = 1), were previously enrolled (n = 1), died during index admission (n = 2), requested to be removed (n = 5), or other (n = 3).
‡ Intervention participants did not meet eligibility criteria if they were discharged to a nursing facility (n = 21), were transferred to another hospital service (n = 6), died during index admission (n = 1), requested to be removed (n = 2), or other (n = 8).
§ 107 intervention participants did not receive a reinforcement call because they could not be reached by telephone (n = 93), they were readmitted the same or next day (n = 2), there was no staffing coverage (n = 8), or other (n = 4).
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Cumulative hazard rate of hospital utilization for 30 days after index hospital discharge.
* The denominators for the events were 433 for usual care and 397 for intervention. This represents the number of discharges for each group, which includes index discharges and discharges from all subsequent admissions. At each discharge, the participant is returned to the risk pool. The denominator is thus constant during the entire 30 days.
† Two events for the usual care group and 6 events for the intervention group were removed from this analysis because the date of admission was missing.