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Randomised controlled trial of intravenous antibiotic treatment for cellulitis at home compared with hospital

Paul Corwin, Les Toop, Graham McGeoch, Martin Than, Simon Wynn-Thomas, J Elisabeth Wells, Robin Dawson, Paul Abernethy, Alan Pithie, Stephen Chambers, Lynn Fletcher, Dee Richards
Table 2

Home care versus hospital care: hazard ratios with 95% confidence intervals

Days to no advancement of cellulitis (n=180)Days on intravenous antibiotics (n=193)Days to discharge (n=193)Days on oral antibiotics (n)=194
Simple comparison
Home care v hospital care0.98 (0.73 to 1.32); P=0.900.84 (0.63 to 1.12); P=0.230.93 (0.70 to 1.23); P=0.601.09 (0.82 to 1.45); P=0.56
Comparison with covariates
Home care v hospital care controlling for age, sex, location of cellulitis (upper v lower limb), and prior antibiotic treatment(0.74 to 1.34); P=0.970.85 (0.64 to 1.14); P=0.290.95 (0.71 to 1.26); P=0.711.18 (0.88 to 1.59); P=0.27
  • Hazard ratio >1 implies home care treatment was faster; hazard ratio <1 implies home care treatment took longer.