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Table 2 Characteristics of the people experiencing homelessness (n = 19)

From: Access to palliative care for homeless people: complex lives, complex care

  n Percentage
Person is
 - deceased 11 58%
 - in palliative phase (1) 8 42%
Sex   
 - male 16 84%
 - female 3 16%
Age (mean, range) Total group: 59.8 (45–72) Deceased: 58.4 (45–70)
Problems preceding palliative phase (multiple categories possible)
 - drug addiction (including alcohol) 17 89%
 - psychiatric diagnosis (e.g. schizophrenia) 5 26%
 - (mild) intellectual disability 3 16%
 - financial problems 1 5%
 - illegal resident 2 11%
Expected or actual cause of death (multiple answers possible)
 - cancer 8 42%
 - liver cirrhosis 3 16%
 - COPD 3 16%
 - sepsis 2 11%
 - renal failure 2 11%
 - cardiovascular disease 2 11%
 - diabetes 1 5%
  1. (1) One person initially agreed to participate in an interview but refused when the interviewee arrived. This person gave permission for interviews with his caregivers