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Table 1 Characteristics of patients in hospital and hospice

From: A comparison of drugs and procedures of care in the Italian hospice and hospital settings: the final three days of life for cancer patients

  Hospital N = 144 Hospice N = 127 P-value
   n. % n. %  
Age (mean, range) 76 (46-97) 74 (43-96) .324
Gender Male 100 69.4 70 55.1  
  Female 44 30.6 57 44.9 .017*
Education (years) 9-13 21 18.4 35 36.4  
  6-8 26 22.8 23 24.0  
  0-5 67 58.8 38 39.6 .006
  Unknown 30   31   
Marital status Single 42 32.6 55 48.2  
  Married 87 67.4 59 51.8 .018*
  Unknown 15   13   
Referred from Home 122 87.8 51 40.2  
  Nursing home 7 5.0 8 6.3  
  Hospital 10 6.9 68 53.5 .000
  Unknown 5   -   
Primary tumour Digestive system 44 30.6 41 32.3  
  Respiratory system 40 27.8 30 23.6  
  Genitourinary system 14 9.7 24 18.9  
  Haematological 27 18.8 7 5.5  
  Breast 8 5.6 5 3.9  
  Others 11 7.6 20 15.7 .003
Days as inpatient 0-3 37 25.7 20 15.7  
  4-7 37 25.7 29 22.8  
  7+ 70 48.6 78 61.4 .066
  1. P values marked * are results of Fisher's Exact Test (2-sided).