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In the article titled Effectiveness of telephone counselling by a pharmacist in reducing mortality in patients receiving polypharmacy: randomised controlled trial by Jennifer Y F Wu, et al., last paragraph of Effects of Telephone Counseling section indicates that the number of hospital admissions each year was greater in the control group.
The p value for this observed difference, as printed in the article, is 0.316.
However, this p value does not the reach statistical significance cut-off of equal to or less than 0.05, as defined elsewhere in the article by the authors.