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Table 1 Group differences between non-cancer (N = 87) vs. cancer patients (N = 300) in demographic data

From: Comparison of terminally ill cancer- vs. non-cancer patients in specialized palliative home care in Germany – a single service analysis

   Non-cancer (N = 87) Cancer (N = 300) Level of significance
Age   81 ± 10 years 73 ± 12 years p < .001
Female gender   58 % 55 % p = .714
Marital status Married 22 (25 %) 143 (48 %) p < .001
Widowed 33 (38 %) 69 (23 %)
Divorced 6 (7 %) 19 (6 %)
Single 2 (2 %) 16 (5 %)
Missing Data 24 (28 %) 53 (18 %)
Living situation With relatives 26 (30 %) 160 (53 %) p < .001
Alone 6 (7 %) 54 (18 %)
Nursing Home 48 (55 %) 67 (22 %)
Hospice 0 (0 %) 8 (3 %)
Missing Data 7 (8 %) 11 (4 %)
Residential area Urban 41 (47 %) 156 (52 %) p = .466
Rural 46 (53 %) 144 (48 %)
Advance directive 36 (41 %) 145 (48 %) p = .274