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Table 8 Palliative care referral status of patients across study period

From: Health service utilisation during the last year of life: a prospective, longitudinal study of the pathways of patients with chronic kidney disease stages 3-5

Palliative care status All N = 19 n (% All Patients) Conservative n = 9 n (% Group) Dialysis n = 10 n (% Group)
Known to PCS at study entry 4a (21) 4a (44) 0 (0)
Referred to KSCp during study 5b (26) 1b (11) 4 (40)
Referred to PCS during study 5c (26) 3c (33) 2 (20)
Total known to PCS/KSCp by study end 12 (63) 6 (67) 6 (60)
Refused referral to KSCp 2 (11) 0 (0) 2 (20)
  1. PCS Palliative Care Service, KSCp Kidney Supportive Care Program
  2. aTwo of these patients were not actively engaged with a PCS at study entry
  3. bOne of these patients was already known to a PCS at study entry
  4. cTwo of these patients were known to, but were not actively engaged with, a PCS at study entry