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Table 2 Characteristics of the children followed from 2010 to 2014 by the paediatric liaison teams (n = 3607)

From: Building Bridges, Paediatric Palliative Care in Belgium: A secondary data analysis of annual paediatric liaison team reports from 2010 to 2014

Characteristics of children Number of children (%) Mean per year/per team (min/max) Median per year/per team (P25/P75)
Age of children
 0–1 y 885 (25%)   
 1–10 y 1689 (47%)   
 11–20 y 879 (24%)   
 > 20 y 116 (3%) 144 (43–240) 144 (103–196)
Total of children: 3607 (100%)   
Pathologies
 Haematology/Oncology 1816 (50%)   
 Neurology-/Degenerative/Metabolic 989 (27%)   
 Other (Neonatology/Gastroenterology/Respiratory) 849 (23%)   
  Total: 3654 (100%)   
Curative/Palliative Patients
 Curative patients 2540 (70%) 102 (1–181) 105 (82–135)
 Palliative patients 910 (25%) 36 (10–86) 23 (20–58)
 Undefined 157 (5%)   
  Total: 3607 (100%)   
Referral of new patients
 From originating hospital 1848 (51%)   
 External hospital 108 (3%)   
Total new patients 2056 (54%)   
  Total: 3607 (100%)   
Length follow-up (children who died)   226 days/child (1–4612 days) 32 days/child (21–201 days)
  < 120 days 272 (64%)   
 121–240 days 65 (15%)   
 241–400 days 31 (7%)   
  > 401 days 60 (14%)   
  Total: 428 (100%)   
Location of death
 Hospital 200 (47%) 8 (2–22) 6 (6–10)
 Home 221 (51%) 9 (1–22) 9 (3–16)
 Others (respite care home, others) 7 (2%) 18 (3–32) 19 (12–26)
  Total: 428 (100%)