Table 4 

Spearman correlation coefficients between variables and home deaths rate among 47 prefectures. 

Variables 
Spearman coefficient 
pvalue 


The number of general hospitals 
0.580* 
< 0.001 
The number of beds in hospital 
0.562* 
< 0.001 
Ratio of daily occupied beds in general hospital 
0.457* 
0.001 
The number of families in which the elderly living alone 
0.421* 
0.003 
Dwelling rooms (per dwelling) 
0.440* 
0.002 
The number of health service facilities for the elderly 
0.495* 
< 0.001 


*P < 0.01 

Yang et al. BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:2 doi:10.1186/1472684X52 