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Table 1 Patient demographic and clinical characteristics and caregiver and care network characteristics

From: Impact on place of death in cancer patients: a causal exploration in southern Switzerland

Characteristics Details characteristics Total n = 116
Time interval between assessment and death (days) Mean 38
Range 3–89
Gender Male 52
Female 64
Age(years) 20–40 1
41–65 33
66–80 58
> 80 24
Primary tumour site Gatrointestinal tract 40
Lung 12
Breast 15
All other tumours 48
Time interval between diagnosis and death (days) Mean 922
Range 2–10,465
Place of death Home 21
Hospital 90
Nursing home 5
Time interval between last administration of chemotherapy and death (days) Mean 34
Range 0–247
Distance from residence to cancer centre (km) Mean 4
Range 1–74
Area of residence Rural 31
Urban 85
Living arrangements Alone 40
With spouse 65
With siblings 2
With children 6
Other 3
Visits from palliative physicians Yes 35
No 81
Visits from palliative nurses Yes 93
No 23
Social worker Involved 49
Not involved 67
Volunteers Involved 71
Not involved 45
General practitioner Home visits 39
No home visits 54
Not available 23
Home care services Public home care service 33
Private home care service 41
None provided 42
Continuous home care provided by migrant care workers Provided 3
Place of care in the 60 days prior to assessment (range 0–60)
 Days spent at home Mean 48
 Days spent in a hospital Mean 10
 Days spent in a nursing home Mean 0
No. of hospitalisations in the 60 days prior to assessment Mean 1
Range 0–3
Karnofsky Performance Status 10–40 41
50–60 63
70–100 12
Symptom burden None-low 6
Medium 36
High 74
Cancer treatment Ongoing 67
Discontinued 49
Patient’s awareness of dying Open 81
Closed 34
Not assessed 1
Patient’s preference for place of death Home 34
Hospital 9
Nursing home 1
Not assessed 72
Family’s awareness of dying Open 87
Closed 18
Not assessed 11
Family system’s conditions for home care Suitable 39
Unsuitable 75
Not assessed 2
Family’s preference for place of death Home 29
Hospital 20
Nursing home 1
Not assessed 66
Care team’s prediction of place of death Home 39
Nursing home 2
Hospital 75
  1. Data obtained by clinical chart review (median 38 days before death)