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Table 1 Patient characteristics

From: End-of-life care of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

  No. (%)
Patients 59
 Male 32 (54 %)
 Age, mean (range) 77 (56–91)
 Years from diagnose to death, mean (SD) 3,7 (2,9)
Smoking
 Never 26 (44 %)
 Former 28 (48 %)
 Current 2 (3 %)
 Missing data 3 (5 %)
Comorbidities
 Cardiovascular disease 40 (68 %)
 Hypertension 28 (48 %)
 Diabetes mellitus 17 (29 %)
 Atrial fibrillation 13 (22 %)
 Obstructive lung disease 12 (20 %)
 Cancer 10 (17 %)
Comorbidities per patient
 None 4 (7 %)
 1–2 21 (36 %)
 3–4 29 (49 %)
  > 5 5 (9 %)
Place of death
 Tertiary hospital (ward) 23 (39 %)
 Tertiary hospital (ICU) 3 (5 %)
 Community hospital 21 (36 %)
 Home 8 (14 %)
 Hospice 1 (2 %)
 Nursing home 3 (5 %)
Cause of death recorded in death certificates
 IPF 42 (71 %)
 Cardiovascular diseases 7 (12 %)
 Cancer 6 (10 %)
 Other 4 (7 %)
Hospital admissions during the last 6 months of life, median (range)
 Hospital ward visits 2 (0–6)
 Length of stay per visit (days) 11 (1–48)
 Length of final stay (days) 9 (1–77)