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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of terminal pancreatic cancer patients according to end-of-life care

From: How different is the care of terminal pancreatic cancer patients in inpatient palliative care units and acute hospital wards? A nationwide population-based study

  Inpatient palliative care Acute hospital care
Characteristics   Pre-matched Post-matched
  n (%) n (%) P n (%) P
Number of patients 276 (100) 578 (100)   276 (100)  
Age (years; mean ± SD) 68.6 ± 13.4 67.5 ± 12.8 0.265 68.5 ± 12.4 0.953
Sex    0.687   0.535
 Male 173 (63) 354 (61)   180 (65)  
 Female 103 (37) 224 (39)   96 (35)  
Physicians’ specialty    <0.001   <0.001
 Family medicine 108 (39) 38 (7)   24 (7)  
 Oncology 69 (25) 174 (30)   77 (29)  
 Internal medicine 64 (23) 226 (39)   104 (43)  
  General 57 (21) 64 (11)   28 (10)  
  Gastroenterology 3 (1) 138 (24)   65 (24)  
  Cardiology 0 (0) 3 (1)   2 (0.7)  
  Chest medicine 0 (0) 14 (2)   8 (3)  
  Nephrology 1 (0.4) 2 (0.3)   0 (0)  
  Endocrinology 0 (0) 4 (0.7)   1 (0.4)  
  Infection 3 (1) 1 (0.2)   0 (0)  
 Radiation oncology 25 (9) 17 (3)   6 (2)  
 Surgery 0 (0) 113 (20)   57 (18)  
 Neurology 9 (3) 6 (1)   3 (1)  
 Others 1 (0.4) 4 (0.7)   4 (1)  
Accreditation level of hospital    0.030   0.304
 Medical centers 161 (58) 316 (55)   156 (57)  
 Regional hospitals 73 (26) 199 (34)   87 (32)  
 District hospitals 42 (15) 63 (11)   33 (12)  
Region of hospital    0.021   0.668
 North 171 (62) 401 (69)   171 (62)  
 Central 20 (7) 49 (8)   25 (9)  
 South 75 (27) 120 (21)   74 (27)  
 East 10 (4) 8 (1)   6 (2)  
Charlson comorbidity index (mean ± SD) 6.8 ± 6.5 6.7 ± 6.5 0.798 6.9 ± 2.8 0.564
Length of hospital stay (day, mean ± SD) 10.6 ± 11.1 20.6 ± 16.7 <0.001 20.6 ± 16.3 <0.001
  1. SD standard deviation