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Table 1 Comparison of the characteristics of those patients with and without prognosis estimates. The percentages are row percentages. Test results are given when P < 0.2. NS = Not significant.

From: Accuracy of prognosis estimates by four palliative care teams: a prospective cohort study

  prognosis estimates NO n = 134 prognosis estimates YES n = 275 test results-always chi-square unless specified
  N. (%) N. (%)  
TEAM Z 45 28 118 72  
Y 28 43 37 57  
X 53 80 13 20  
W 8 7 107 93 107,6; DF 3, p < 0.001
AGE (mean ± DS) 66.5 ± 9.7 65.9 ± 11.4 NS
(median; range) 67(32–87) 67(32–92)  
GENDER      
males 77 35 144 65  
females 57 30 131 70 NS
PRIMARY TUMOUR      
lung 33 30 76 70  
GI 31 27 85 73  
GU 27 45 33 55  
breast 13 34 25 66  
others 26 32 56 68 6,37; DF 4; p = 0.173
STATUS      
married 78 32 167 68  
single 51 32 107 68 NS
CARER      
no carer 2 15 11 85  
lay carer (wife, husband ...) 109 32 234 68  
other (friend, other) 15 34 29 66 NS
SURVIVAL      
(mean ± DS) 54.3 ± 57.9 71.3 ± 92.5  
(median; range) survival (categories) 33.5 (1–311) 42 (1–734) p = 0.176 (M-Whitney test)
1–21 49 35 89 65  
22–60 43 34 84 66  
61–90 16 32 34 68  
91–180 17 29 41 71  
>180 9 25 27 75 1,78; DF 1 (trend); p 0.183