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Table 3 Characteristics of the population dying from diseases relevant for palliative care

From: Evaluating quality of care at the end of life and setting best practice performance standards: a population-based observational study using linked routinely collected administrative databases

Cause of death N decedents (%) % female Age, mean (SD) % with non-western cultural backgrounda
Cancer 44,908 (40.9) 45.3 73.0 (12.4) 3.3
Heart disease 25,840 (23.6) 51.2 81.5 (11.8) 3.2
Dementia 17,148 (15.6) 68.2 87.3 (7.2) 1.5
Stroke 9,199 (8.4) 59.0 81.9 (11.0) 3.2
Chronic respiratory disease 7,129 (6.5) 50.0 78.4 (10.4) 2.0
Neurodegenerative disease 2,776 (2.5) 44.5 77.5 (10.9) 2.5
Reno-vascular disease 1,578 (1.4) 54.1 83.3 (9.9) 5.0
Liver disease 1,104 (1.0) 36.8 67.1 (13.4) 7.0
HIV 25 (0.0) - - -
Total 109,707 (100) 51.8b 78.5 (12.5)b 2.9b
  1. a Persons with a Turkish, Moroccan, Surinam, Antillian or other non-western background
  2. b To guarantee anonimity, the characteristics of the persons within the small group of persons with HIV were not included in this table