Table 2

Patients characteristics on admission – demographic and clinical data of all patients in comparison to those who died in PCU Havelhoehe 1995–2002. Significant differences were found between groups on age and stages on admission except preterminal stage.

All admissions (A)

Subgroup (B)

Subgroup (C)

Significance p-values


All patients (n = 1467)

† without sed. (n = 468)

† with sed. (n = 80)

Gender (%)

female

55.8

57.1

61.2

n.s.

Age (years)

Mean (SD)

60,8 (17.8)

63.6 (13.3)*

54.3 (14.4)**

*p = 0.026

Range

(19.7–97.7)

(24.6–97.7)

(19.7–81.1)

**P < 0.001.

Stage on admission (%)

Rehabilitative

33.3

15.1**

13.8**

**P < 0.001

Preterminal

44.3

42.2

43.8

P = 0.445

Terminal

19.6

36.6**

38.7**

**P < 0.001

Final

2.8

6.2*

3.8*

*P = 0.002

Duration of stay (days)

Mean (SD)

21.0 (21.5)

21.1 (23.6)

21.5 (20.3)

n.s.

Median

16

14.0

15.5

Range

(0 – 233)

(0 – 199)

(1 – 109)

Primary cancer site (%)

Gastrointestinal

21.6

24.4

27.2

n.s.

Breast

15.4

15.6

6.2

P = 0.06 n.s.

Lung, bronchus & trachea

12.8

14.9

16.0

n.s.

Prostate

8.8

5.2

3.7

n.s

Female genital

8.6

9.7

14.8

n.s.

Bones, skin & soft tissue

6.3

6.7

7.4

n.s.

Nervous system

3.8

3.7

1.2

n.s.

Urinary system

3.8

3.7

7.4

P = 0.085 n.s.

Oropharynx & hypopharynx

3.7

4.1

7.4

P = 0.085 n.s.

Lymphoma

3.5

4.3

3.7

n.s.

Others

1.2

2.1

4.9

n.s.

Non-cancer diagnosis

10.5

5.6**

0.0

P = 0.001


Muller-Busch et al. BMC Palliative Care 2003 2:2   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-2-2

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