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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of patients transitioned to palliative level of care versus patients not transitioned to palliative level of care

From: Dysphagia as a predictor of outcome and transition to palliative care among middle cerebral artery ischemic stroke patients

Variable All patients (n = 236) Patients transitioned to palliative level of care (n = 79) Not transitioned to palliative level of care (n = 157) p-value
Age 236    .003
<70 n (%) 57 (24%) 10 (13%) 47 (30%) .003
>70 n (%) 179 (76%) 69 (87%) 110 (70%)  
Mean (SD) 77.8 (13.58) 82.72 (10.61) 75.17 (14.22)  
Race 232    .207
White n (%) 208 (90%) 70 (89%) 138 (91%)  
Black n (%) 10 (4%) 2 (3%) 8 (5%)  
Hispanic n (%) 13 (6%) 7 (9%) 6 (4%)  
Gender 237    .802
Female n (%) 149 (63%) 49 (62%) 100 (64%)  
Male n (%) 87 (37%) 30 (38%) 57 (36%)  
AF* n (%) 110 (47%) 46 (58%) 64 (42%) .011
HTN* n (%) 195 (83%) 63 (80%%) 132 (84%) .407
Dementia n (%) 32 (14%) 12 (15%) 20 (13%) .604
Dysphagia severity on 1st swallow evaluation     <.001
Mild to Moderate 94 (70%) 2 (14%) 92 (76%)  
Moderate to severe 41 (30%) 12 (86%) 29 (24%)  
  1. *AF-atrial fibrillation, HTN-hypertension.