Table 4– Organisational performance of the respiratory units
GlobalSmall hospitalsMedium hospitalsLarge hospitalsp-value#
Total eligible sites425140145140
Admissions for any cause in the previous year n22 547.6 (886.6–61 438.4) (n=341)13 866.8 (250–42 272.8) (n=116)22 107.1 (1113.7–49 735.6) (n=112)31 895.3 (130–91 645.8) (n=113)0.003
Percentage of COPD patients admitted to the unit %60.6 (51.4–96) (n=280)66.4 (47–95.4) (n=70)57.8 (37.4–100) (n=97)59.4 (45–75.9) (n=113)0.134
ICU admits COPD patients %71.9 (35.1–100) (n=424)59.3 (30.3–100) (n=140)75.9 (33.3–100) (n=145)80.6 (41.9–100) (n=139)<0.001
Respiratory physician on call every day %49.5 (18.2–100) (n=424)45 (9.5–100) (n=140)41.4 (0–100) (n=145)62.6 (0–100) (n=139)0.001
Ward rounds by admitting specialist n1.8 (1.0–4.8) (n=401)1.6 (1.2–2.8) (n=132)1.5 (1.2–2.3) (n=134)1.8 (1–2.5) (n=135)0.316
Patients seen by physiotherapist %53.2 (21.5–100) (n=384)49.1 (14.4–100) (n=111)51.1 (21.4–91.2) (n=115)58.9 (27.2–100) (n=122)0.147
Patients seen by respiratory specialist %69.3 (44.8–100) (n=388)64.7 (34–100) (n=131)66.9 (28.6–100) (n=127)76.4 (45–100) (n=130)0.011
Capacity to noninvasively ventilate all eligible patients %67.5 (0–90.9) (n=378)66.7 (33.3–100) (n=117)68.3 (0–100) (n=126)67.4 (0–100) (n=135)0.966
Capacity to invasively ventilate all eligible patients %71.6 (0–100) (n=320)69.6 (33.3–100) (n=92)69.2 (0–100) (n=117)75.7 (0–100) (n=111)0.493
Early supported discharge programme %32 (0–75.2) (n=422)15.8 (0–60) (n=139)36.8 (0–100) (n=144)43.2 (0–85.4) (n=139)<0.001
Admissions that enter the early discharge programme %37.3 (15–90) (n=110)45.7 (20–73.3) (n=19)36.8 (5–90) (n=43)34.5 (17.8–50) (n=48)0.224
Takes care of long-term oxygen therapy %87.4 (63.3–100) (n=422)84.9 (47.4–100) (n=139)86.8 (40–100) (n=144)90.6 (50–100) (n=139)0.337
Takes care of home mechanical ventilation %59.5 (20.0–100) (n=422)56.1 (10.5–84.8) (n=139)53.5 (0–100) (n=144)69.1 (42.9–100) (n=139)0.017
Eligible patients who receive pulmonary rehabilitation %42.1 (17.5–80.0) (n=132)42.6 (10–55) (n=38)48.9 (20–80) (n=40)36.9 (11–100) (n=54)0.220
  • Data are presented as n or mean (intercountry range), unless otherwise stated. COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; ICU: intensive care unit. #: Chi-squared test or ANOVA, as appropriate.