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Table 3 Characteristics of the patients

From: Death wishes and explicit requests for euthanasia in a palliative care hospital: an analysis of patients files

  All patients Wish to die (WD)
Total ER group ST group OWD group
Number of patients 2157 195 9% 61 3% 15 1% 119 6%
Sex Male 973 45% 68 35%*** 25 41% 10 67% 33 28%***
Female 1184 55% 127 65%*** 36 59% 5 33% 86 72%***
Age (mean ± SD) 72 ±14 73 ±14 68 ±15 66±16 77±12
Marital Status Married/ cohabiting 1115 52% 91 47% 29 48% 10 67% 52 44%
Single 312 14% 29 15% 8 13% 2 13% 19 16%
Widow 471 22% 56 29% 14 23% 3 20% 39 33%**
Divorced 255 12% 19 10% 10 16% 0 0% 9 8%
Median duration of stay (interquartile) 13 (6–26) 24 (11–41)*** 20 (10–35)** 21 (14–50)** 26 (12–44)***
Antidepressants 776 36% 107 55%*** 36 59%*** 12 80%*** 59 50%***
Anxiolytics 1419 66% 171 88%*** 57 93%*** 11 73% 103 87%***
Disease           
Cancer 1957 91% 179 92% 56 92% 14 93% 109 92%
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 36 2% 4 2% 3 5% 0 0% 1 1%
Other 164 8% 12 6% 2 3% 1 7% 9 8%
  1. Comparison with the general population of all patients.
  2. **p<0.01 versus the rest of the population.
  3. ***p<0.001 versus the rest of the population.