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Table 2 Patients who died of cancer, COPD or coronary heart failure (CHF) during the intervention period

From: Training general practitioners in early identification and anticipatory palliative care planning: a randomized controlled trial

  Intervention Control
(N = 216) (N = 271)
Age in years (mean (sd) 73.0 (14.7) 74.0 (13.1)
Male sex n (%) 106/202 (53 %) 144/258 (56 %)
Primary diagnosis n (%)   
 Cancer 152/216 (70 %) 178/271 (66 %)
 CHF 32/216 (15 %) 52/271 (19 %)
 COPD 26/216 (12 %) 20/271 (7 %)
 Combination of cancer, COPD, CHF 6/216 (3 %) 21/271 (8 %)
Contact(s) with out-of-hours GP service last 3 months n (%) 114/209 (55 %) 157/268 (59 %)
By phone 0.79 (2.6) 0.80 (1.5)
Consultation at service 0.06 (0.3) 0.09 (0.5)
Home visits 0.85 (1.6) 1.14 (2.2)
Total 1.70 (3.3) 2.03 (2.9)
Contact(s) with own GP last month n (%) 188/212 (89 %) 250/268 (93 %)
By phone office hours 2.33 (2.9) 2.71 (3.0)
Home visits office hours 5.59 (5.1) 4.42 (3.6)
By phone out of office hours 0.19 (0.7) 0.10 (0.5)
Home visits out of office hours 0.46 (1.1) 0.38 (1.1)
Total 8.58 (7.5) 7.62 (6.0)
Location of death n (%)   
Home 103/210 (49 %) 124/267 (46 %)
Hospital 67/210 (32 %) 78/267 (29 %)
Nursing home 13/210 (6 %) 16/267 (6 %)
Care home 12/210 (6 %) 21/267 (8 %)
Hospice 14/210 (7 %) 25/267 (9 %)
Other location 1/210 (1 %) 3/267 (1 %)
Hospital admission(s) last 3 months n (%) 116/210 (55 %) 159/255 (62 %)
Hospital admissions last 3 months mean (sd) 0.82 (0.9) 0.89 (0.9)
  1. Data are mean (sd) or n/N (%). Some percentages do not sum to 100 % because of rounding