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Table 1 Clinical and social-demographic characteristics of patients with need for PC in Family Health Strategy (ESF) program

From: Identification and characteristics of patients with palliative care needs in Brazilian primary care

Main disease Number Percent
 Dementia related diseases 20 27
 Cerebrovascular disease (CVD) 19 26
 Musculoskeletal disease 9 12
 Others neurologic diseases 8 11
 Congestive heart failure (CHF) 7 10
 Cancer 6 8
 Chronic renal failure (CRF) 2 3
 Hepatopathy 1 1
 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 1 1
Secondary diseases (co-morbidity)
 None 24 33
 One 44 60
 More than one 5 7
Time from the last hospital admission
 Less than 1 month 3 4
 From 1 to 3 months 8 11
 From 3 to 6 months 9 12
 More than 6 months (or none recently) 50 68
 Do not know 3 4
Time since initial diagnosis
 Less than 6 months 5 7
 From 6 to 12 months 4 5
 From 1 to 2 years 11 15
 More than 2 years 51 70
 Do not know 2 3
Performance Status (ECOG performance status in PCST)
 0 – 1: Fully active or restricted in strenuous activity. Ambulatory and able to carry out work of a light or sedentary nature 3 4
 2: Ambulatory and capable of all self-care but unable to carry out any work activities; up and about more than 50 % of waking hours. 24 33
 3: Capable of only limited self-care; confined to bed or chair more than 50 % of waking hours 26 36
 4: Completely disabled; cannot carry on any self-care; totally confined to bed or chair 20 27
Ability to provide self-information
 Totally capable 30 41
 Partial capability with need for help of caregiver 20 28
 Totally incapable 23 31
TOTAL 73 100