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Table 4 Difference between those patients that were identified as in need of palliative care and all others

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

  Deceased patients who were identified as in need of palliative care Deceased patients without those identified
(N = 49) (N = 428)
Age mean (sd) 64.8 (12.1) 74.6 (13.7)
Male sex n (%) 30/49 (61 %) 219/409 (54 %)
Primary diagnosis n (%)   
Cancer 42/49 (86 %) 287/436 (66 %)
CHF 2/49 (4 %) 82/436 (19 %)
COPD 4/49 (8 %) 41/436 (9 %)
Combination of cancer, COPD, CHF 1/49 (2 %) 26/436 (6 %)
Contact(s) with out-of-hours GP service last 3 months n (%) 24/47 (51 %) 247/430 (57 %)
By phone 1.26 (4.9) 0.74 (1.4)
Consultation at service 0.04 (0.2) 0.08 (0.4)
Home visits 0.64 (1.1) 1.05 (2.1)
Total 1.94 (5.2) 1.88 (2.8)
Contact(s) with own GP last month n (%) 45/49 (92 %) 393/431 (91 %)
By phone office hours means 3.14 (3.8) 2.47 (2.8)
Home visits office hours means 8.27 (6.7) 4.55 (3.8)
By phone out of office hours 0.46 (1.2) 0.11 (0.5)
Home visits out of office hours 1.02 (1.7) 0.35 (1.0)
Total mean 13.00 (9.8) 7.48 (6.0)
Location of death n (%)   
Home 33/49 (67 %) 194/428 (45 %)
Hospital 7/49 (14 %) 138/428 (32 %)
Nursing home 5/49 (10 %) 24/428 (6 %)
Care home 0/49 (0 %) 33/428 (8 %)
Hospice 4/49 (8 %) 35/428 (8 %)
Other location 0/49 (0 %) 4/428 (1 %)
Hospital admission(s) last 3 months n (%) 20/48 (42 %) 255/417 (61 %)
Hospital admissions last 3 months mean (sd) 0.60 (1.0) 0.89 (0.9)
  1. Data are mean (sd) or n/N (%). Some percentages do not sum to 100 % because of rounding