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Table 3 Group differences between non-cancer (N = 87) vs. cancer patients (N = 300) in percentage of patients suffering from moderate/severe intensities of certain symptoms and problems

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

Symptoms and problems Non-cancer (N = 87) Cancer (N = 300) Level of significance
Pain 10 (12 %) 35 (12 %) p = 1.00
Respiratory, cardiac 10 (12 %) 22 (7 %) p = .246
Neurologic, psychiatric, psychological 13 (15 %) 24 (8 %) p = .049
Gastrointestinal 7 (8 %) 33 (11 %) p = .529
Urogenital 4 (5 %) 15 (5 %) p = 1.00
Ulcerated wounds/ tumours 3 (3 %) 6 (2 %) p = .419
Assistance with defecation 76 (87 %) 223 (74 %) p = .001
Assistance with bladder function (permanent catheter) 41 (47 %) 88 (29 %) p = .001
Deterioration of vigilance (somnolent/comatose) 26 (30 %) 34 (11 %) p = .001
Social situation 8 (9 %) 16 (5 %) p = .192
Ethical conflicts 5 (6 %) 15 (5 %) p = .779
Problems in social law issues 3 (3 %) 8 (3 %) p = .711
Burden of social support system 7 (8 %) 30 (10 %) p = .670
Existential crisis 5 (6 %) 12 (4 %) p = .542