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Table 1 Patient characteristics

From: Feasibility of hospital-initiated non-facilitator assisted advance care planning documentation for patients with palliative care needs

Patient characteristic n (%)
Male gender 81 (51%)
Mean age (years) ± SD 69 (±14)
Hospital of origin  
 Hospital I & IIa 129 (81%)
 Hospital IIIb 31 (19%)
Diagnosis  
 Cancer 136 (85%)
 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 8 (5%)
 Congestive heart failure 8 (5%)
 Other (cholangitis (n = 1), peripheral arterial vascular disease (n = 2), a fractured femur (n = 1), septicemia (n = 1), end-stage renal disease (n = 2), stroke (n = 1)) 8 (5%)
  1. aACP conversations and documentation carried out by non-palliative care trained staff treating/ nursing the patient
  2. bACP conversations and documentation carried out by an SPC nurse involved with the patient
  3. Hospitals I & II
  4. Hospital III