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Table 2 Baseline participant characteristics

From: The Australia-modified Karnofsky Performance Status (AKPS) scale: a revised scale for contemporary palliative care clinical practice [ISRCTN81117481]

Characteristic Category N %
Gender Male 148 49%
Age (Mean/SD)   71 12%
Marital status Never Married 9 3%
  Widowed 69 23%
  Divorced/Separated 33 11%
  Married/Defacto 190 63%
Caregiver present Has caregiver 277 96%
Accommodation Private residence 271 89%
  Nursing home 18 6%
  Hostel 4 1%
  Hospital 11 4%
  Other 2 1%
Living arrangement Lives alone 72 25%
  Lives with spouse 173 60%
  Other relative lives in household 44 15%
Cancer diagnosis Yes 282 92%
Phase of palliative care Stable 157 60%
  Deteriorating 48 18%
  Unstable 57 22%
  Terminal 1 0%
Pain at present Mean (standard deviation)   (2.1)
Usual pain in last 24 hrs    (2.1)
Worst pain in last 24 hrs    (3.2)