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Table 2 End-of-life care outcomes for 13 quality indicators in hospitals and nursing homes. Differences in proportions between hospitals and nursing homes are calculated with chi-square test

From: Better quality of end-of-life care for persons with advanced dementia in nursing homes compared to hospitals: a Swedish national register study

Quality indicators Missing (n) Hospital Nursing home p
n % n %
Specialised palliative care team consulted 0 22/967 2.3 192/15,495 1.2 0.006
Documented decision to shift to end-of-life care 1754 731/897 81.5 12,460/13,811 90.2 < 0.001
Next of kin given information about transition to end-of-life care 1284 714/878 81.3 10,215/14,300 71.4 < 0.001
Next of kin offered a follow-up talk after death of the patient 2968 263/617 42.6 9697/12,877 75.3 < 0.001
Pain assessed and documented during the last week of life 619 140/861 16.3 4838/14,982 32.3 < 0.001
Symptoms other than pain assessed during the last week of life 853 79/802 9.9 2773/14,807 18.7 < 0.001
Oral health assessed during the last week of life 1280 630/824 76.5 10,992/14,358 76.6 0.947
Prescription of PRN drugs against pain 62 839/949 88.4 14,461/15,451 93.6 < 0.001
Prescription of PRN drugs against nausea 225 398/927 42.9 9606/15,310 62.7 < 0.001
Prescription of PRN drugs against anxiety 133 705/939 75.1 13,171/15,390 85.6 < 0.001
Pressure ulcer at death 157 219/908 24.1 2278/15,397 14.8 < 0.001
Someone present at the moment of death 291 652/936 69.7 13,711/15,235 90.0 < 0.001
Fluids via enteral tube or intravenously during last 24 h of life 55 344/943 36.5 220/15,464 1.4 < 0.001