Table 5 

Result of stepwise multiple regression analysis Stepwise multiple regression analysis using home death rate by prefectures in 2002 as dependent variable, and the number of general hospitals, the number of beds in hospital, ratio of daily occupied beds in general hospital, the number of families in which the elderly living alone, dwelling rooms (per dwelling) and the number of health service facilities for the elderly as independent variables 

Independent variables 
B* 
β** 
t 
P 


Step 1 

The number of beds in hospital 
0.004 
0.598 
5.003 
< 0.001 
R square 
0.357 
Adjusted R square 
0.343 

R square change 
0.357 
P < 0.001 

Step 2 

The number of beds in hospital 
0.004 
0.626 
6.218 
< 0.001 
Dwelling rooms (per dwelling) 
1.444 
0.446 
4.433 
< 0.001 
R square 
0.556 
Adjusted R square 
0.536 

R square change 
0.198 
P < 0.001 

Step 3 

The number of beds in hospital 
0.005 
0.883 
6.602 
< 0.001 
Dwelling rooms (per dwelling) 
2.383 
0.736 
5.161 
< 0.001 
The number of families in which the elderly living alone 
0.184 
0.543 
2.706 
0.10 
R square 
0.620 
Adjusted R square 
0.594 

R square change 
0.065 
P = 0.010 

Step 4 

The number of beds in hospital 
0.005 
0.763 
5.595 
< 0.001 
Dwelling rooms (per dwelling) 
2.502 
0.773 
5.676 
< 0.001 
The number of families in which the elderly living alone 
0.204 
0.505 
3.145 
0.003 
Ratio of daily occupied beds in general hospital 
0.192 
0.263 
2.402 
0.021 
R square 
0.666 
Adjusted R square 
0.635 

R square change 
0.046 
P = 0.021 



*Unstandardized coefficients **Standardized coefficients 

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