Table 1

Descriptive patient characteristics included in analysis, 2007-2011
Total Place of death pa)
Home Hospital Nursing home
n 58,732 15,597 22,532 20,603
proportion 1.000 .266 .384 .351
Age
mean 79.3 73.4 76.5 87.0 ***
sd 14.3 17.5 13.2 8.2
Sex(in%)
Male .464 .331 .433 .236 ***
Female .536 .209 .341 .450
Deductible class(in%)
Low .945 .256 .381 .363 ***
High (> Swiss francs 500) .055 .434 .427 .139
Managed care plan(in%)
No .901 .263 .381 .355 ***
Yes .099 .285 .403 .312
Private hospital insurance(in%)
No .809 .264 .363 .374 ***
Yes .191 .274 .473 .253
Type of residence(in%)
City .335 .249 .384 .367 ***
Agglomeration .428 .264 .394 .342
Rural area .236 .292 .364 .344
Multiple chronic condition(in%)
No .815 .273 .352 .375 ***
Yes (>2 conditions) .185 .234 .523 .242
Latin canton(in%)
No .748 .275 .367 .358 ***
Yes .252 .238 .434 .329

Latin cantons include the cantons Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchatel, Ticino, Vaud and Valais * P < 0.10, ** P < 0.05, *** P < 0.01.

a) Significance level: Kruskal-Wallis-test was used to check for significant differences in age, chi-square-test for differences in the categorical variables.

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