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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of patients deceased in hospitals in 2007 and 2008 (N = 35,598)

From: Determinants of aggregate length of hospital stay in the last year of life in Switzerland

Aggregate length of hospital stay in the last year of life (days)  
 Length of hospital stays last 365 days, mean 32.1
 Length of hospital stays last 365 days, median 20
 Length of hospital stays last 365 days, 25th percentile 7
 Length of hospital stays last 365 days, 75th percentile 44
 Length of hospital stays last 365 days, SD 38
Mean age at time of death (years) 80.8
Sex
 men 53.4 %
 women 46.6 %
Cause of death
 cancer 35.5 %
 coronary heart disease 12.5 %
 stroke 8.0 %
 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 3.3 %
 dementia 1.3 %
 other 39.4 %
Multimorbidity (assessed in time window 2–6 years before death)
 no 23.2 %
 yes 34.2 %
 unknown (no hospital admission) 42.7 %
Intensive care during last hospital stay (ICU)
 none 83.2 %
 1–48 h 8.2 %
 more than 48 h 8.6 %
Educational level
 low 38.3 %
 medium 34.9 %
 high 11.3 %
 unknown 15.6 %
House ownership
 owner-occupier 43.2 %
 tenant 56.8 %
Room category
 regular 77.9 %
 semi private/private 22.1 %
Marital status
 never married 8.0 %
 married 50.4 %
 widowed 34.5 %
 divorced 7.1 %
Nationality
 Swiss 92.2 %
 foreign 7.8 %
Language region
 German 67.5 %
 French 27.4 %
 Italian 5.1 %
Nursing home bed density* 6.7
  1. * = average number of nursing home beds per 100 habitants aged 65 years and older (per 106 regions)
  2. Data source: Swiss Federal Statistical Office, MedStat, SNC