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Table 2 Characteristics of Nova Scotians by receipt of home visits during the end-of-life, 1992–1997

From: Home visits by family physicians during the end-of-life: Does patient income or residence play a role?

Characteristic Home visit receipt; No. (and %) of adult Nova Scotians*
  No home visit n = 3947 At least one home visit n = 3265
Neighbourhood income quintile   
Lower 1029 (60.0) 685 (40.0)
Lower middle 866 (58.4) 618 (41.6)
Middle 747 (51.5) 704 (48.5)
Upper middle 676 (52.3) 610 (47.4)
Upper 399 (45.2) 483 (54.8)
Sex   
Male 2323 (56.9) 1763 (43.2)
Female 1624 (52.0) 1502 (48.1)
Year of death   
1992 643 (56.3) 499 (43.7)
1993 637 (54.8) 525 (45.2)
1994 655 (52.7) 588 (47.3)
1995 648 (52.1) 597 (48.0)
1996 679 (54.7) 562 (45.3)
1997 685 (58.1) 494 (41.9)
Age group §   
< 65 years 968 (55.6) 772 (44.4)
65–74 years 1165 (54.2) 986 (45.8)
75+ years 1814 (54.6) 1507 (45.4)
Cancer case of death   
Lung 2094 (57.0) 1580 (43.0)
Colorectal 674 (55.1) 549 (44.9)
Breast 629 (50.6) 614 (49.4)
Prostate 550 (51.3) 522 (48.7)
Survival time   
<61 days 935 (78.4) 258 (21.6)
61–120 days 307 (49.8) 310 (50.2)
121–180+ days 2705 (50.1) 2697 (49.9)
Region of residency   
Halifax regional municipality 1082 (47.2) 1211 (52.8)
All other regions of Nova Scotia 2855 (58.2) 2049 (41.8)
Visit within a long term care center (LTC)   
None 3421 (53.6) 2968 (46.5)
At least one LTC visit 526 (63.9) 297 (36.1)
Specialty visits   
0–2 1066 (57.5) 789 (42.5)
3–6 1025 (54.4) 859 (45.6)
7–13 736 (54.8) 608 (45.2)
14+ 1120 (52.6) 1009 (47.4)
Total days as hospital inpatient   
0 568 (55.4) 458 (44.6)
1–12 1247 (55.3) 1007 (44.7)
13–31 1132 (52.0) 1044 (48.0)
32+ 1000 (57.0) 756 (43.1)
Admission to palliative care program   
No 3342 (59.2) 2301 (40.8)
Yes 605 (38.6) 964 (61.4)
Received palliative radiation   
No 3085 (56.8) 2346 (43.2)
Yes 862 (48.4) 919 (51.6)
  1. * Total number of patients by characteristic may vary due to missing values. Proportions are row percentages and may total more than 100 due to rounding.
  2. Characteristic is associated with receipt of home visit (p < 0.001)
  3. Characteristic is associated with receipt of home visits (p < 0.05)
  4. §No significant association demonstrated