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Table 1 Demographics of deceased patients

From: Family members’ perceptions of end-of-life care across diverse locations of care

Last place of care: Percentage (number of participants)
 Palliative care unit 27% (24)
 Hospice 10% (9)
 Acute Care large 19% (17)
 ICU 10% (9)
 Acute Care small 20% (18)
 Residential 14% (13)
Gender:
 Male 43% (39)
 Female 57% (61)
Age:
 Average age 77.5 years
 Median age 81 years
Length of stay:
 Total average: 84 days
 Hospital patients 22 days
 Hospice patients 17 days
 Residential care 1.2 years
Average age of patients in relation to location of care:
 Palliative Care Unit 70 years
 ICU 72 years
 Acute care large 77 years
 Acute care small 86 years
 Residential 86 years
 Hospice 75 years
Most responsible cause of death:
 Cancer 26% (24)
 Organ failure 14% (13)
 Cardiac 12% (11)
 Dementia 8% (7)
 Stroke 8% (7)
 Other 32% (28)
Ethno-cultural heritage:
 Canadian 58% (52)
 European 19% (18)
 East Asian 8% (7)
 South Asian 6% (5)
 Other 9% (8)
Marital status:
 Married 46% (41)
 Widowed 36% (33)
 Single 11% (10)
 Divorced 7% (6)
Educational level:
 < High school 29% (26)
 High school 22% (20)
 Technical school 12% (11)
 College graduates 17% (15)
 Advanced degree 20% (18)
Living situation:
 Living alone 27% (24)
 Living w/others 73% (66)
Religious affiliation:
 None 39% (35)
 Catholic 26% (24)
 Protestant/ Anglican/ United or Presbyterian 16% (14)
 Sikh 7% (6)
 Non-denominational Christian 4% (4)
 Other 8% (7)
Location of care preceding final admission:
 Home 42% (38)
 Hospital 31% (28)
 Residential care 15% (14)
 Other 11% (10)