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Table 1 Characteristics of patients admitted to the Queen Elizabeth II Palliative Care Program between Jan 1, 1998 and Dec 31, 2002 and died during the same period

From: Transitions in care during the end of life: changes experienced following enrolment in a comprehensive palliative care program

Characteristic Number of patients* (%)
Sex  
   Female 1925 (48.5)
   Male 2047 (51.5)
Age, years  
< 60 992 (25.1)
60–69 873 (22.1)
70–79 1208 (30.6)
≥ 80 878 (22.2)
Year of admission to PCP  
1998 883 (22.2)
1999 824 (20.8)
2000 876 (22.1)
2001 771 (19.4)
2002 618 (15.6)
Year of death  
1998 645 (16.2)
1999 820 (20.7)
2000 858 (21.6)
2001 824 (20.8)
2002 824 (20.8)
Survival (days)  
0–30 1605 (40.4)
31–60 723 (18.2)
61–90 432 (10.9)
91–120 251 (6.3)
121+ 960 (24.2)
Location of death  
   Hospital death (not in PCP unit) 2009 (50.6)
   Inpatient PCP unit 635 (16.0)
Home 1218 (30.7)
Long-term care facility 110 (2.8)
Diagnoses, summarized  
Lung cancer 1025 (26.1)
All other cancers 2525 (64.3)
Other disease, no cancer 375 (9.6)
Caregiver relationship  
Spouse 2165 (57.8)
Child 1017 (27.2)
Parents / other relations 448 (12.0)
Other 116 (3.1)
Primary reasons for referral to PCP  
(responses are not exclusive)  
Pain 1630 (41.0)
Other symptoms 1868 (47.0) 1729 (43.5)
Patient support 1729 (43.5)
Family support 1620 (40.8)
Staff support 317 (8.0)
Home consultation 1067 (26.9)
Terminal care 345 (8.7)
Respite care 5 (0.1)
Grief 19 (0.5)
  1. * N = 3,972. Smaller n by characteristic due to missing values.