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Table 2 Differences in the utilization of medical services before and after the provision of palliative care

From: Palliative care for nursing home patients with dementia: service evaluation and risk factors of mortality

Characteristics (Average number per month) Pre-palliative-care stageb (N = 57) Post-palliative-care stagec (N = 57) Statisticsa
  Mean (SD) Mean (SD)  
The departments visited 2.23 (0.96) 0.07 (0.26) P < 0.001
Number of medications 7.84 (3.04) 5.39 (2.51) P < 0.001
Number of hospitalizations 1.42 (1.45) 0.07 (0.32) P < 0.001
Length of stay (days) 19.72 (22.74) 0.56 (3.21) P < 0.001
Length of stay of ICU admissions (days) 1.49 (5.82) 0.00 (0.00) P = 0.058
Number of visits on emergency department 0.39 (0.82) 0.02 (0.13) P = 0.001
  1. aBased on paired t test
  2. bThe average period of contribution in months (SD) in the prepalliative care stage: 10.53 (3.25)
  3. cThe average period of contribution in months (SD) in the postpalliative care stage: 9.07 (8.73)