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Table 2 Time interval between discharge from the hospital (general palliative care and palliative care ward) and subsequent palliative care

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

  ≤ 14 days 15–28 day > 28 days
n % n % n %
From general inpatient palliative care to:
 Total number of discharges, n = 415* 281 67.7 46 11.1 88 21.2
 General ambulatory palliative care, n = 130 91 21.9 14 3.4 25 6.0
 Specialised ambulatory palliative care, n = 176 143 34.5 14 3.4 19 4.6
 Stationary readmission, n = 90 29 7.0 18 4.3 43 10.4
  - General inpatient palliative care, n = 76 25 6.0 17 4.1 34 8.2
  - Palliative care ward, n = 14 4 1.0 1 0.2 9 2.2
 Hospice, n = 19 18 4.3 0 0.0 1 0.2
From palliative care ward to:
 Total number of discharges, n = 124** 93 75.0 13 10.5 18 14.5
 General ambulatory palliative care, n = 35 26 21.0 5 4.0 4 3.2
 Specialised ambulatory palliative care, n = 62 55 44.4 1 0.8 6 4.8
 Stationary readmission, n = 23 10 8.1 5 4.0 8 6.5
  - General inpatient palliative care, n = 10 3 2.4 3 2.4 4 3.2
  - Palliative care ward, n = 13 7 5.6 2 1.6 4 3.2
 Hospice, n = 4 2 1.6 2 1.6 0 0.0
  1. * ≤ 14 days: urban, 69.3%; rural, 67.2% (p > 0.05 with Chi-Square test among urban and rural areas)
  2. ** ≤ 14 days: urban, 75.6%; rural, 74.7% (p > 0.05 with Chi-Square test among urban and rural areas)