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Hospice Care Access: a national cohort study
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    Doubts about some quantitative information

    With much interest I have read this article. Unfortunately I noticed various inconsistencies within 1) the tables as well as in 2) the textual description about quantitative results:

    1) Tables

    Table 3 Patient clinical characteristics
    a. Main diagnosis SAH/Other: 12(5) should read 12(4), assuming 12 is correct;
    b. Main diagnosis HU/Other: 14(6) should read 14(5), assuming 14 is correct;
    c. Disease modifying treatment in the 3 months prior to admission*: The numbers add up to exactly the given N. Why *?
    d. Disease modifying treatment in the 3 months prior to admission*: Yes. Currently 85(31), 67(24) and 92(34). Assuming absolute figures are correct, the percentages should read: (32), (25) and (35) respectively;
    e. Mental status (oriented) on admission: Unknown for SAH and HU. Currently 21(7) and 41(15). Assuming absolute figures are correct, the percentages should read (8) and (16) respectively.

    Table 4 Reported multidimensional care needs on admission
    It seems that the figures stated under 'Domain of care needs noted on admission' do not coincide with the figures under 'No of dimensions of care needs by patient'. Two examples. There are 267 in the need of Physical care within VDH. However when adding up the Physical dimensions below, the total is 269 (76+65+34+19+42+15+6+12). Second example: There are 48 in need of Spiritual care within HU. However when adding up the Spiritual dimensions below, th...

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