Table 1

Patient characteristics of cohort and sample
Characteristics Cohort (%) Sample (%)
Total Number 8310 (100) 1672 (100)
Age at diagnosis
Mean [Median] 69 [70] 69 [70]
<=65 3042 (37) 643 (38)
66-74 2172 (26) 437 (26)
>=75 3096 (37) 592 (35)
Stage at diagnosis
I-III 5500 (66) 1145 (68)
IV or Unknown 2810 (34) 527(32)
Type of 1stcolorectal cancer-related visit1
Late2 event 2545 (31) 506 (30)
(Pre)Diagnostic event 5765 (69) 1166 (70)
Time from diagnosis to death (days)3
Mean [Median] 661 [453] 711 [466]
<= 1 month 491 (11) 84 (10)
1 - 3 months 472 (11) 90(10)
>= 3 months 3431(78) 710 (80)

1 Limited to healthcare visits within 1 year prior to diagnosis of colorectal cancer.

2 Late event is defined as a visit that included treatment-related events (e.g., surgery, palliative care) rather than diagnostic or pre-diagnostic events (e.g., radiology, symptoms). Patients who did not have any colorectal cancer-related healthcare visits are also included in this group.

3 Includes only patients who died on or before March 31, 2009.

Li et al.

Li et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:358   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-358

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