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Table 3 Cancer Patient Characteristics and Service Utilization by Designation of Palliative: 1998/99

From: The uses of provincial administrative health databases for research on palliative care: Insights from British Columbia, Canada

  Palliative Non-palliative
Age group (%)***   
   50–59 7.7 8.5
   60–69 26.6 17.0
   70–79 35.3 37.8
   80+ 30.4 36.7
Gender (%)   
   Male 47.6 47.4
   Female 52.4 52.6
Income () 51,718 49,804
GP visits () 3.23 3.21
Specialist visits () 1.21 1.34
Nights in hospital ()*** 20.97 24.19
Home support hours ()* 105.48 172.60
Home nursing care visits ()*** 21.66 6.84
  1. * p < .05; ** p < .01; *** p < .001 (X2 and t-test results comparing palliative and non-palliative)