Table 3

Summary of patient characteristics found to be significantly associated with total transitions by time period prior to death

Association of predictor to total transitions*


Time periods when transitions experienced


PCP registration to death

Four weeks prior to death

Two weeks prior to death


Total transitions experienced(Mean; Standard Deviation [SD])

5903 (1.5, SD 1.8)

2446 (0.6, SD 0.8)

1654 (0.4, SD 0.6)


Effect of patient characteristic on total transitions


Gender (vs male)

Female gender associated with

    fewer
transitions


Age (vs < 65 years)

Older age associated with

    fewer
transitions


Location of death (vs home)

Death occurring in the inpatient PCP unit or acute hospital setting associated with

    more
transitions

Death occurring in a long term care facility associated with

    fewer
transitions


Year of death (vs 1998)

Patients dying between 1999 and 2002 associated with

    fewer
transitions


Diagnoses (vs other disease, no cancer)

A cancer diagnosis associated with

    more
transitions

A cancer diagnosis associated with

    fewer
transitions


Primary reason for referral to PCP (vs home consultation)

Referral for pain or other symptom control associated with

    more
transitions


* Multivariate regression analyses indicate a significant association at the 0.05 level of association

Lawson et al. BMC Palliative Care 2006 5:4   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-5-4

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