Table 1

Mother characteristics

CharacteristicTotal sample (N=344)
nPer cent
Age, years, mean (SD)43.7 (7.1)
Number of children aged<18 years, mean (SD)1.9 (0.9)
Age of youngest child at time of mother's death, years, mean (SD)8.0 (4.8)
Time between diagnosis and death, years, mean (SD)3.1 (3.4)
Cancer site
 Breast12536.4
 Gastrointestinal4112.0
 Gynecological339.6
 Lung216.1
 Brain195.5
 Other10430.4
Metastatic disease at diagnosis
 Yes14542.5
 No15545.5
 Unknown4112.0
Hospice services received
 Yes23167.2
 No10630.8
 Unsure72.0
Location of death
 Home14241.3
 Hospital13739.8
 Hospice facility6117.7
 Other41.2
Death at location of choice
 Yes16046.5
 No6318.3
 Unknown102.9
 Had not expressed a preference11132.3