Table 1

Baseline patient characteristics and univariate analysis of potential confounding factors

VariableAdmission statusTotalUnadjusted OR for admission (95% CI)Adjusted OR for admission (95% CI)p Value
Admitted (%)Not admitted (%)
Sex
 Female44 (23.7)142 (76.3)1861.137 (0.721 to 1.792)0.663
 Male56 (26.0)159 (74.0)2151
 Total100 (24.9)301 (75.1)401
Age
 0–40 years4 (30.8)9 (69.2)130.792 (0.234 to 2.686)0.746
 41–70 years46 (23.5)150 (76.5)1961.148 (0.724 to 1.822)
 71 years and above50 (26.0)142 (74.0)1921
 Total100 (24.9)301 (75.1)401
15% Most deprived
 Deprived11 (22.0)39 (78.0)501.203 (0.587 to 2.464)0.743
 Not deprived77 (25.3)227 (74.7)3041
 Total88 (24.9)266 (75.1)354
Urban rural twofold
 Urban59 (24.5)182 (75.5)2411.065 (0.637 to 1–1781)0.914
 Rural29 (25.7)84 (74.3)1131
 Total88 (24.9)266 (75.1)354
Estimated prognosis
 5-Year survival >50%69 (27.6)181 (72.4)2500.678 (0.418 to 1.098)0.143
 5-Year survival <50%31 (20.5)120 (79.5)1511
 Total100 (24.9)301 (75.1)401
ePCS present
 Yes21 (14.7)122 (85.3)143110.001
 No79 (30.6)179 (69.4)2582.564 (1.504 to 4.371)2.425 (1.412 to 4.165)
 Total100 (24.9)301 (75.1)401
Reason for call
 Symptom management76 (22.8)257 (77.2)3333.689 (1.565 to 8.694)3.195 (1.337 to 7.635)0.007
 Complication of treatment12 (26.7)33 (73.3)453.000 (1.048 to 8.587)3.013 (1.039 to 8.734)
 Abnormal laboratory results12 (52.2)11 (47.8)2311
 Total100 (24.9)301 (75.1)401
Cancer site
 Lung13 (15.9)69 (84.1)821.789 (0.878 to 3.686)0.091
 Breast4 (20.0)16 (80.0)201.348 (0.418 to 4.349)
 Colorectal16 (34.8)30 (65.2)460.632 (0.303 to 1.317)
 Prostate and genito-urinary15 (22.1)53 (77.9)681.191 (0.587 to 2.415)
 Upper GI22 (33.3)44 (66.7)660.674 (0.349 to 1.302)
 Gynaecological, melanoma, head and neck, unstated, other30 (25.2)89 (74.8)1191
 Total100 (24.9)301 (75.1)401
Time of day
 18:00–00:0034 (29.1)83 (70.9)1171.046 (0.255 to 4.286)0.633
 00:00–8:0012 (18.8)52 (81.3)641.857 (0.418 to 8.249)
 Saturday23 (24.0)73 (76.0)961.360 (0.325 to 5.692)
 Sunday28 (24.6)86 (75.4)1141.316 (0.319 to 5.436)
 Practice learning time/public holiday3 (30.0)7 (70.0)101
 Total100 (24.9)301 (75.1)401
  • ePCS, electronic palliative care summary; GI, gastrointestinal.