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Table 2 Groups of Transitional Care Strategies Based on Factor Analysis Adjusted with Patient and Caregiver Focus Group Findings and Clinical Input

From: Understanding the groups of care transition strategies used by U.S. hospitals: an application of factor analytic and latent class methods

  Estimated Factor Loadings
Transitional Care Strategies Factor A (Shared Decision) Factor B (High Risk) Factor C (Med Rec) Factor D
(Care Plan)
Factor E (Cross Setting Info Exchange)
1. Urgent Care Plan 0.046 0.071 0.033 0.465a 0.018
2. Transition Team 0.144 0.212b 0.318b −0.086 0.236
3. Care Coordination 0.026 0.086 0.052 0.304b 0.218
4. Interdisciplinary Approach −0.007 0.325b 0.233 −0.185 0.300
5. Medication Reconciliation 0.049 −0.101 0.493a* 0.083 −0.042
6. Identify High Risk Patients and Intervene 0.023 0.521a* −0.091 0.020 −0.003
7. Patient and Family Caregiver
Transitional Care Needs Assessment
0.511b 0.055 −0.076 − 0.004 0.134b
8. Timely Exchange of Critical Patient Information among Providers 0.022 −0.046 − 0.071 0.084 0.454a
9. Referral to Community Services 0.062 0.418a* 0.098 0.160 −0.058
10. Shared Decisions 0.578a −0.015 0.085 −0.010 −0.099
11. Teach Back 0.248b 0.029 0.006 0.222 0.191b
12. Timely Follow-up 0.010 0.115 0.396a* 0.047 −0.021
13. Transition Summary for Patients and Family Caregivers −0.092 − 0.002 0.197b 0.267b 0.118
Total Variance Explained 0.603 0.489 0.516 0.446 0.367
  1. Notes: a. Selected as a required element of factor
  2. a*. Either of two elements is required element of factor
  3. b. Selected as an optional element of factor