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Table 2 Characteristics of patients receiving support from a case manager

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

  Total (n = 662)
  n (%)
Sex, male 328 (49.5)
Age, mean (SD) 66.8 (12.3)
Type of cancer  
- lung 174 (26.6)
- colon 85 (13.0)
- breast 75 (11.5)
- other 319 (48.9)
At least one additional diagnosis 269 (42.4)
Treatment aims  
- mainly palliative treatment aims 170 (26.6)
- mainly curative or life prolonging treatment aims 25 (3.9)
- combined treatment aims 445 (69.5)
Functional Status (ECOG)  
- fully functional 52 (8.0)
- limited to small/light activities 230 (35.4)
- bedridden less than 50 % 140 (21.5)
- bedridden more than 50 % 149 (22.9)
- fully in need of support 79 (12.2)
Life expectancy of patient at start of case management, estimation given 345 (52.2)
Life expectancy of patient when estimated  
- less than 3 months 92 (26.7)
- 3 to 6 months 100 (29.0)
- 6 months or longer 153 (44.3)
Residential circumstances  
- with partner and children 90 (13.8)
- with partner 350 (53.7)
- with children 25 (3.8)
- alone 161 (24.7)
- other (e.g. living in an institution or temporarily living with family) 26 (4.0)
Informal carers (more than 1 answer possible)  
- none 7 (1.1)
- partner 401 (61.8)
- children 444 (68.5)
- other family 200 (30.9)
- other (e.g. friends, neighbours) 225 (34.7)
  1. Number of missing observations between 0 and 27