# 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

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

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

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