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Table 4 Group differences between non-cancer (N = 87) vs. cancer patients (N = 300) in care-related information (significance level at p = 0.01)

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
Nursing care level (need in assistance with body care, feeding, mobilization and housing) None 33 (38 %) 201 (67 %) p < .001
1: 1.5 h per day 16 (18 %) 54 (18 %)
2: at least 3 h per day 19 (22 %) 31 (10 %)
3: at least 5 h per day 18 (21 %) 8 (3 %)
Missing Data 1 (1 %) 6 (2 %)
Type of SPHC Partial Care 49 (56 %) 215 (72 %) p < .001
Complete Care 11 (13 %) 61 (20 %)
Coordination 12 (14 %) 11 (4 %)
Counselling 13 (15 %) 6 (2 %)
Missing Data 2 (2 %) 7 (2 %)
Number of involved professional caregiver 1.2 ± 0.4 1.4 ± 0.6 p = .068
Number of general medical equipment provided (e.g. wheel chair) 3.4 ± 2.0 2.9 ± 1.8 p = .084
Duration of SPHC 27 ± 53 days 31 ± 43 days p = .454
Number of SPHC visits 8 ± 8 visits 11 ± 9 visits p = .011
Death < 1 day 10 (12 %) 15 (5 %) p = .044
Re-admittance to hospital 6 (6 %) 60 (20 %) p < .001
1.3 ± 0.5 times 1.5 ± 1.4 times p = .723
11 ± 8 days 11 ± 13 days p = .889
End of SPHC Discharge from SPHC 17 (20 %) 31 (10 %) p = .027
Death 70 (80 %) 269 (90 %)
Place of death N = 339 (70/269) At Home 21 (30 %) 149 (55 %) p < .001
Nursing Home 35 (50 %) 53 (20 %)
Hospice 10 (15 %) 44 (16 %)
Hospital 2 (3 %) 18 (7 %)
Other Institutions 1 (1 %) 1 (0 %)
Missing Data 1 (1 %) 4 (2 %)