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Table 4 Medical costs for 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

Items Inpatient palliative care (N = 276) Acute hospital care (N = 276) P *
Adjusted mean 95 % CI Adjusted mean 95 % CI
Diagnosis costs 11.5 11.2–12.0 12.9 12.3–13.5 0.001
Laboratory examination costs 5.9 4.9–6.9 26.8 22.8–33.4 <0.001
Radiologic examination costs 1.1 0.7–1.6 16.9 9.6–28.0 <0.001
Therapeutic costs 16.7 15.0–18.4 25.7 22.1–29.9 <0.001
Medication costs 25.4 22.4–29.6 61.8 54.8–68.9 <0.001
Hemodialysis costs 2.5 1.2–4.2 22.7 12.2–38.3 0.005
Total medical costs 107 101–113 253 210–308 <0.001
  1. All values are reported as US dollars/day
  2. *Analyzed using a generalized linear model with gamma distribution and log link function. 95 % CI: 95 % confidence interval