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Table 1 Characteristics of the relatives and deceased patients, n = 1368

From: Relatives’ perceived quality of palliative care: comparisons between care settings in which patients die

Relatives Patients
  n (%)   N (%)
Age Age
 18–54 343 (25)  18–64 154 (12)
 55–64 443 (33)  65–74 214 (16)
 65–74 340 (25)   ≥ 75 961 (72)
  ≥ 75 231 (17) Gender
Gender  Male 630 (46)
 Male 447 (33)  Female 734 (54)
 Female 911 (67) Diseasea
Relationship to the deceased patient  Cancer 575 (43)
 Partner 490 (36)  CVAb 187 (14)
 Child 668 (39)  COPDc 131 (10)
 Family, other than 163 (12)  Cardiac failure 195 (14)
 partner or child    Dementia 367 (27)
 Other (not family) 36 (3)  General deterioration 74 (5)
Educational level  Other 218 (16)
 Lowest 114 (9) Symptom burden (0–10) M (SD)
 Lower 526 (40)  Pain 5.59 (3.50)
 Secondary 346 (26)  Fatigue 7.95 (2.58)
 Higher 325 (25)  Shortness of breath 5.04 (3.71)
Perceived health  Constipation 3.22 (3.41)
 Excellent 157 (12)  Sombre mood 4.66 (3.43)
 Very good 233 (17)  Anxiety 4.52 (3.55)
 Good 766 (57)   
 Moderate 184 (14)   
 Poor 12 (1)   
  1. aMore than one disease is possible for each patient
  2. b CVA Cerebrovascular accident
  3. c COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease