Table 1

Classification System for Intensity of Transitional Care Interventions

LowStructured telephone follow-up without home visits or Periodic follow-up in an outpatient clinic without home visits
ModerateHome visits only or
A combination of telephone follow-up with periodic follow-up in a clinic without home visits or
Telecare (a specific type of intervention involving the transfer of patient vital signs, such as electrocardiogram, blood pressure, weight, via digital cable22) without prearranged direct contact with patients
HighA combination of home visits with other types of follow-up (telephone and/or clinic follow-up) or
Telecare combined with prearranged direct contact with patients (eg, home visits, telephone follow-up, video visits)