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Table 1 Characteristics of all patients

From: Going back to home to die: does it make a difference to patient survival?

Item Home care group (n = 94) Hospital care group (n = 96) P Standardized difference
Gender (n, male/female) 46/48 55/41 0.25 0.17
Age (yr, mean ± SD) 72.7 ± 13.9 69.3 ± 10.9 0.06 0.28
Primary site (n)    0.45  
Lung 12 19   0.19
Stomach/esophagus 31 30   0.04
Liver/biliary tract/pancreas 25 23   0.06
Large intestine 16 9   0.23
Breast 2 4   0.12
Others 8 11   0.10
Performance status (n)    0.20  
0 0 6   0.37
1 13 23   0.26
2 34 23   0.27
3 39 32   0.17
4 8 12   0.13
Use anti-cancer agents (n, used/unused)a 3/91 3/93 1.00 0.004
  1. aThis is about whether patients used anti-cancer agents or not from 1 month before referral to Palliative Care Team to death.