Table 1

Sociodemographic characteristics of the samples by country

BelgiumFinlandItalyThe NetherlandsPolandEngland
N=291N=269N=200N=222N=311N=91
n%n%n%n%n%n%
Type of LTC facility
 LTC onsite day and night physicians and nursesnana004825.411755.518459.200
 LTC onsite nurses offsite GPs27610026710014174.69444.612740.84953.9
 LTC offsite nurses and GPsnana000000004246.2
 Not available152111100
Age at death (years)
 35–8041155721.446234120.4117381417.7
 81–8912144.212747.69145.58341.312640.93038
 90–11211240.98331.16331.57738.36521.13544.3
 Not available172021312
Sex
 Male98369435.76331.7683311236.52225
 Female1746416964.313668.31386719563.56675
 Not available196.5611643
 Married or civil partnership, or in a long-term relationship6422.06223.05025.05424.34414.11920.9
 Divorced41.472.684.031.4258.055.5
 Widowed18262.513550.210653.011250.516352.45054.9
 Never married206.93312.33115.5188.14012.999.9
 Unknown or not answered217.23211.952.53515.83912.588.8
The resident’s capacity of expressing his or her wishes at the time of admission*
 Yes or partly22378198759145.718182.316754.97381.1
 No6322662510854.33917.713745.11718.9
 Not available551271
  • *Judgement of the staff members.

  • GPs, general practitioners; LTC, long-term care; na, not answered.