Table 4

Predominant and concomitant symptoms on admission to PCU Havelhoehe.

Symptom

All admissions (A)

Subgroup (B)

Subgroup (C)

Significance

All (n = 1467)

† without sed.(n = 468)

† with sed. (n = 80)

p-Values


Predominant

Concomitant

Predominant

Concomitant

Predominant

Concomitant

Pain

29,1%

56,3%

27,1%

54,0%

37,5%

70,0%

n.s.

Gastrointestinal (nausea, vomiting, constipation & bowel obstruction)

17,4%

71,3%

11,7%*

55,9%

8,8%*

67,5%

*p = 0.014

Dyspnoea

14,6%

31,2%

15,5%

33,1%

22,5%

46,3%

n.s.

Psychological distress (anxiety/depression)

2,4%

34,0%

1,7%

20,9%

5,0%

37,5%

n.s.

Cachexia/fatigue

9,3%

56,3%

17,4%**

65,9%

12,5%

66,3%

**p < 0.001

Cognitive disorder/delirium (drowsiness/agitation)

8,5%

29,1%

11,2%

29,1%

3,8%

13,7%

n.s.

Bleeding

2,4%

3,2%

1,3%

3,8%

0,0%

1,3%

n.s.

Skin (ulceration, oedema)

5,3%

42,5%

3,2%

31,4%

2,5%

35,0%

n.s.

Neurological

8,9%

33,6%

8,7%

27,1%

6,3%

26,3%

n.s.

Others

2,1%

34,2%

2,2%

22,0%

1,1%

14,5%

n.s.


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

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