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Table 1 Characteristics of participating case management initiatives

From: Case management in primary palliative care is associated more strongly with organisational than with patient characteristics: results from a cross-sectional prospective study

  Number of initiatives (n = 12) Percentage of patients (n =662)
Organization offering case management   
- home care organiz (Table uses UK-ENG, text is in UK-ENG)ation 5 48.6 %
- collaboration between institutions†† 5 28.4 %
- hospice 2 23.0 %
Target group of the initiative   
- from curative care onwards 3 27.8 %
- from life prolonging care onwards 3 23.6 %
- only palliative care patients 6 48.6 %
Number of years the initiative was active/operational at start of the study   
- less than a year 3 11.9 %
- one – five years 7 61.0 %
- five years or longer 2 27.0 %
Number of case managers employed mean = 3.6 (SD 2.2)  
- one case manager 1 1.7 %
- two case managers 4 50.9 %
- three or four case managers 4 34.9 %
- five or more case managers 3 12.5 %
Number of full time equivalents (fte) mean = 1.3 (SD 0.8)  
- unknown 1 0.6 %
- 0,5 fte or less 1 1.7 %
- between 0,5 and 1 fte 5 45.7 %
- between 1 and 2 fte 2 24.5 %
- 2 fte or more 3 27.6 %
Number of patients enrolled in the study   
- less than 50 patients 6 6.9 %
- 50 – 100 patients 2 19.9 %
- 100 or more patients 4 73.1 %
  1. Of the 13 participating initiatives, one was specifically focussed on patients with COPD and was not included in this paper (only initiatives involving cancer patients were included in this paper)
  2. ††An example of a collaboration of institutions is a hospital working together with a home care organisation