Table 2

Characteristics of the individual site and total study population
KSGR KSSG Total population
N = 25 N = 26 N = 51
Characteristic n (%) P value*
Socio-demographic
Study site
 KSGR 25 (100) 25 (49)
 KSSG 26 (100) 26 (51)
Age
 65–69 years 6 (24) 7 (27) 13 (25) 0.57
 70–79 years 15 (60) 12 (46) 27 (53)
 80+ years 4 (16) 7 (27) 11 (22)
Gender
 Male 17 (68) 11 (42) 28 (55) 0.07
 Female 8 (32) 15 (58) 23 (45)
Education
 Compulsory 7 (28) 5 (21) 12 (24) 0.60
 Secondary 17 (68) 16 (67) 33 (67)
 Tertiary 1 (4) 3 (12) 4 (8.2)
Marital status
 Single 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0.92#
 Married 18 (72) 17 (65) 35 (69)
 Widowed 7 (28) 7 (27) 14 (27)
 Divorced 0 (0) 2 (7.7) 2 (3.9)
Nationality
 Swiss 22 (88) 23 (88) 45 (88) 1.00
 Other 3 (12) 3 (12) 6 (12)
Health-related
Physician-rated general health
 Excellent/good 17 (71) 8 (32) 25 (51) 0.007
 Fair 6 (25) 9 (36) 15 (31)
 Poor/very Poor 1 (4.1) 8 (32) 9 (18)
Type of cancer
 Bladder 1 (4.0) 0 (0) 1 (1.9) 0.40#
 Breast 0 (0) 1 (3.8) 1 (1.9)
 Colon 6 (24) 0 (0) 6 (12)
 Leukemia 0 (0) 7 (27) 7 (14)
 Lung 5 (20) 5 (19) 10 (20)
 Lymphoma 5 (20) 8 (31) 13 (25)
 Pancreatic 0 (0) 1 (3.8) 1 (1.9)
 Prostate 3 (12) 1 (3.8) 4 (7.8)
 Uterine 0(0) 1 (3.8) 1 (1.9)
 Other 5 (20) 2 (7.7) 7 (14)
Type of treatment
 Curative 12 (48) 3 (12) 15 (29) 0.006
 Palliative 13 (52) 23 (88) 36 (71)
Life expectancy
 <1 year 4 (19) 16 (61) 20 (42) 0.01
 1-2 years 8 (38) 6 (23) 14 (30)
 3+ years 9 (43) 4 (15) 13 (28)
WHO performance score
 0 15 (60) 4 (15) 19 (37) <0.001
 1 9 (36) 9 (35) 18 (35)
 2 1 (4.0) 13 (50) 14 (27)

KSGR Kantonsspital Graubünden, KSSG Kantonsspital St. Gallen, WHO World Health Organization.

* Test of difference between study sites.

# Significance test excluding marital status single and cancers with zero cells.

Clough-Gorr et al.

Clough-Gorr et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2013 13:93   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-13-93

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