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Table 1 Quantitative descriptive analysis of physician progress notes

From: Transfers from intensive care unit to hospital ward: a multicentre textual analysis of physician progress notes

Measures Total (n = 7052) ICU stay (n = 1966) Transfer day (n = 1207) Ward stay (n = 3879) p valuea
Mean number of notes per day (per patient) 2.1 [1.9–2.3] 2.4 [2.2–2.6] 2.8 [2.6–3.0] 1.8 [1.6–2.0] p < 0.001
Handwritten 97% [92–100%] 93% [87–100%] 93% [87–100%] 100% [94–100%] p < 0.001
Legible 87% [78–96%] 86% [77–95%] 87% [78–96%] 87% [78–96%] p = 0.458
Date included 95% [92–98%] 95% [92–98%] 96% [93–99%] 95% [92–98%] p = 0.778
Time-stamped 49% [40–58%] 51% [41–61%] 54% [44–64%] 46% [36–56%] p = 0.006
Signature/name 48% [34–62%] 48% [34–62%] 48% [34–62%] 47% [33–60%] p = 0.630
Mean number of lines per note (per patient) 17.6 [15.9–19.3] 21.1 [19.1–23.1] 19.6 [17.6–21.6] 15.0 [13.1–17.0] p < 0.001
ᅟPatient historyb 10% [7--13%] 11% [9–14%] 11% [8–13%] 7% [5–10%] p < 0.001
ᅟPatient datab 59% [54–64%] 57% [52–62%] 58% [53–63%] 61% [56–66%] p < 0.001
ᅟPatient care planb 31% [26–37%] 32% [26–37%] 32% [26–38%] 31% [26–37%] p = 0.701
Communicationc 9% [7–10%] 7% [5–9%] 8% [6–10%] 9% [7–11%] p = 0.071
ᅟProvider-providerd 56% [50–62%] 64% [56–73%] 62% [52–72%] 51% [44–59%] p = 0.012
ᅟProvider-familyd 23% [16–29%] 23% [15–31%] 22% [12–31%] 22% [15–29%] p = 0.851
ᅟProvider-patientd 38% [33–43%] 29% [20–38%] 36% [26–46%] 43% [35–50%] p = 0.007
  1. Data are presented as mean proportions (95% confidence intervals) unless otherwise indicated. Data include notes written by ICU and ward physicians categorized according to patient location during the 10-day period. Indented variables are presented as distributions
  2. aP values represent the comparison between the ICU stay and ward stay for each variable
  3. bPatient history (e.g., symptoms), data (e.g., laboratory results), and care plan (e.g., treatments prescribed) are presented as mean proportions (%) of the total number of lines for each note
  4. cDocumentation of any communication between providers, between providers and family members, and between providers and patients
  5. dProvider-provider, -family, -patient communication presented as mean proportions (%) of the total documented communication that is not mutually exclusive