Table 1

Sociodemographic and medical characteristics of palliative care patients as noted by an out-of-hours GP (N = 529)
Totaln = 529 % Referraln = 68 % No Referraln = 461 % P-value
Gender
 Male 53 47 54 0.283
Age (years)
 Mean (SD) 73 (SD 14) 75 (SD 13) 73 (SD14) 0.297**
 ≥ 75 50 52 50 0.795
Residence
 Home 84 96 82 0.006
 Home for the elderly 16 4 18
Disease
 Cancer 76 94 73 <0.001
 Heart failure 4 4 4 0.743*
 COPD 3 0 3 0.234*
 Other diseases 18 1 20 <0.001
Terminal status
 Terminally ill 73 54 75 <0.001
Family
 Family available 59 62 58 0.594
 Family burden 7 9 7 0.455*
Receiving professional nursing care
 Receiving professional nursing care 41 12 46 <0.001
Patients wish
 Patients’ wish to stay at home 10 12 9 0.520
Medical aspects
 Information transfer by patients’ GP 24 9 27 0.002
 Patient was receiving chemotherapy 4 12 2 0.001*
 Hospitalization was already planned within three days 2 10 1 <0.001*
 Patient or family had already contacted a hospital specialist 2 9 1 <0.001*

*Fisher Exact Test (2-sided).

** T-test.

De Korte-Verhoef et al.

De Korte-Verhoef et al. BMC Family Practice 2012 13:89   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-13-89

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