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Table 3 Characteristics of ED patients with dyspnea attributed to the home palliative care patients with cancer

From: Enhanced home palliative care could reduce emergency department visits due to non-organic dyspnea among cancer patients: a retrospective cohort study

Characteristic All sample Group A Group B P-value*
Patients, No. 89 57 32  
ED visits 106 69 37  
Man, No (%) 44 (49.4) 27 (47.4) 17 (53.1) 0.60
Age, mean ± SD, yr 70.4 ± 13.0 69.3 ± 13.1 72.6 ± 12.7 0.31
Grade of school completed, yr 8 ± 4.8 8.4 ± 4.4 7.3 ± 5.5 0.32
Home care services
 Telephone nurse per weeks 1.3 ± 1.2 1.4 ± 0.8 1.4 ± 2.0 0.95
 Visiting nurse per weeks 0.77 ± 0.89 0.75 ± 0.4 0.98 ± 1.8 0.32
Types of Caregivers
 Family 57 (65.5) 32 (57.1) 25 (80.6) 0.027
 Nonfamily 30 (34.5) 24 (42.9) 6 (19.4)  
Site of death
 Home 23 (27.7) 13 (24.5) 10 (33.3) 0.39
 Hospital 60 (72.3) 40 (75.5) 20 (66.7)  
  1. * General linear model for continuous variables, Chi-square test for categorical variables for the different palliative home care methods