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Table 1 Characteristics of patients with palliative care and total number patients receiving inpatient and ambulatory palliative care in 2015/16, 12-month follow-up

From: Continuity in palliative care – analysis of intersectoral palliative care based on routine data of a statutory health insurance

  Urban Rural Total
n % n % n %
Total number of palliative patients 1004 100.0 3173 100.0 4177 100.0
Age (y)
 Median (IQR) 82.0 (74.0, 88.0) 81.0 (73.0, 87.0) 81.0 (74.0, 87.0)
Sex
 Male 416 41.4 1481 46.7 1897 45.4
 Female 588 58.6 1692 53.3 2280 54.6
Deceased (until 12 months treatment)
  743 74.0 2123 66.9 2866 68.6
Ambulatory and stationary diagnoses 974 97.0 3088 94.8 4062 97.3
 Oncological diagnoses 589 58.7 1888 59.5 2477 59.3
General ambulatory palliative care
 Number of palliative care services  2761   11,815   14,576  
 Number of patients 785 78.2* 2794 88.1* 3579 85.7
Specialised ambulatory palliative care
 Number of patients 261 26.0* 643 20.3* 904 21.6
 Median (IQR) treatment days 14.0 (6.0, 41.0) 19.0 (7.0, 53.0) 17.0 (7.0, 49.0)
General inpatient palliative care
 Number of palliative cases 205   552   757  
 Number of patients 174 17.3* 437 13.8* 611 14.6
 Median (IQR) length of stay (d) 13.0 (8.0, 21.0) 14.0 (10.0, 22.0) 14.0 (9.0, 22.0)
Palliative care ward
 Number of palliative cases 96   156   252  
 Number of patients 82 8.2* 132 4.2* 214 5.1
 Median (IQR) length of stay (d) 16.5 (9.5, 27.0) 15.0 (7.5, 24.0) 13.0 (8.0, 23.0)
Hospice
 Number of patients 46 4.6* 66 2.1* 112 2.7
 Median (IQR) length of stay (d) 27.0 (18.0, 59.0) 40.5 (26.0, 81.0) 37.5 (20.5, 70.0)
  1. IQR interquartile range (lower quartile, upper quartile)
  2. *p < 0.001 with Chi-Square test among urban and rural areas