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Table 1 Characteristics of the 79 decedents from the Family Health Team

From: Frequency of providing a palliative approach to care in family practice: a chart review and perceptions of healthcare practitioners in Canada

Characteristic N (%) or mean, standard deviation (SD)
Mean (SD) age at death, y 73.1 (14.7)
Age range, y 37 to 99
Female sex 43 (54.4)
Marital status
 Not in a relationship 18 (22.8)
 In a relationship (not living together) 3 (3.8)
 Married or common-law (living together) 35 (44.3)
 Not documented in chart 23 (29.1)
Education status
 Did not complete high school 1 (1.3)
 Completed high school 0 (0.0)
 Had some university education or completed a community college, technical college, or post-secondary program (ex. trade, technical, or vocational school) 2 (2.5)
 University degree (ex. BA, BSc, BSN) 5 (6.3)
 Graduate degree (ex. MD, DDS, DMD, DVM, OD, Master’s, or PhD) 2 (2.5)
 Not documented in chart 69 (87.3)
Residence status
 At home (apartment/townhouse/bungalow) 60 (75.9)
 Retirement residence 4 (5.1)
 Supportive housing (group home/assisted living) 2 (2.5)
 Long-term care or nursing home 1 (1.3)
 Vulnerable housing (shelter/transition home/no home/subsidized housing) 0 (0.0)
 Not documented in chart 12 (15.2)
Living alone prior to death
 Yes 16 (20.3)
 No 43 (54.4)
 Not documented in chart 20 (25.3)
Living with their caregiver
 Yes 42 (53.2)
 No 13 (16.5)
 Not documented in chart 24 (30.4)
Identified a caregiver in their chart
 Yes 63 (79.7)
 No 16 (20.3)
Documented caregiver presence at office visits
 Yes 47 (59.5)
 No 32 (40.5)
Documented caregiver’s concerns being addressed
 Yes 39 (49.4)
 No 40 (50.6)
Documented caregiver’s well being addressed
 Yes 12 (15.2)
 No 67 (84.8)
Documentation of chronic life-limiting illness
 Cancer 39 (49.4)
 Cardiac disease 32 (40.5)
 Mental health 18 (22.8)
 Lung disease 12 (15.2)
 Frailty 11 (13.9)
 Renal disease 10 (12.7)
 Dementia 9 (11.4)
 Liver disease 7 (8.9)
 Stroke 6 (7.6)
 Neurodegenerative disease 1 (1.3)
 Other 7 (8.9)
Illness most responsible for death
 Cancer 33 (41.8)
 Cardiac disease 16 (20.3)
 Mental health 3 (3.8)
 Stroke 3 (3.8)
 Frailty 2 (2.5)
 Liver disease 2 (2.5)
 Lung disease 2 (2.5)
 Dementia 1 (1.3)
 Neurodegenerative disease 1 (1.3)
 Renal Disease 1 (1.3)
 Other 15 (19.0)
Documented chronic life-limiting illnesses, mean (SD) 1.9 (0.9)