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Table 1 Description of intervention in single exploratory case study

From: Intervention description is not enough: evidence from an in-depth multiple case study on the untold role and impact of context in randomised controlled trials of seven complex interventions

Abbreviated name for trial Aim of trial Setting and wider context Nature of intervention Nature of control intervention(s)
Phase 1: Single exploratory case
Aim: To identify potential variables of complexity for and to establish theoretical propositions that could be tested in phase 2
NLED To evaluate the impact of a specialist nurse-led model of early discharge following breast cancer surgery on patients, carers and the health service, whilst developing collaborative care pathways that enable a smooth transition between acute and primary care NHS teaching hospital/cancer centre on two sites (one large university hospital, one smaller district general hospital), with a large geographical catchment area encompassing urban, rural, affluent and deprived communities in North East/ Central Scotland Nurse-led early discharge - going home with wound drains still in situ, one or two days after surgery, with a package of care in place. This group was allocated to one of two nurses from the breast care team who received training from clinical nurse specialists Usual care - staying in hospital post-operatively until all wound drains were removed (approximately five or six days)
  1. NHS, National Health Service.