Table 1

Characteristics of the patients at the initial PCT consultation (n=213)
Characteristics Number Percentage
Age
 Median (Range) 68 (22-94)
Gender
 Male 123 58
 Female 90 42
KPS
 Median (Range) 40 (10-80)
Primary cancer site
 Respiratory tract 32 15
 Gastrointestinal tract and liver/galbladder/pancreas 59 28
 Genitourinary 77 36
 Others 45 21
Treatment status at the initial PCT consultation
 Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy/Surgery/Diagnosis 103 49
 Only symptom management 110 51
Purpose of admission
 Chemotherapy/Radiotherapy/Surgery/Diagnosis 86 40
 Only symptom management 127 60
Coexistence of delirium
 Yes 25 12
 No 188 88
Opioids use at the initial PCT consultation
 Yes 93 43
 No 120 57
Duration of hospitalization (Days)
 Median (Range) 34 (2-394)
Interval between admission and initial PCT consultation (Days)
 Median (Range) 5 (0-251)

PCT; Palliative Care Team.

KPS; Karnofsy Performance Scale.

Akashi et al.

Akashi et al. BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:7   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-7

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