Table 4

Likelihood of patients having a preferred place of death discussion by demographic and clinical characteristics

FactorsPreferred place discussion recordedOR (95% CI)
Yes
n=453 (50.8%)
No
n=439 (49.2%)
Gender
Male242 (46.5)278 (53.5)1.00
Female211 (56.7)161 (43.3)1.51 (1.15 to 1.97)
Age at death (years)
≤74192 (52.9)171 (47.1)1.15 (0.88 to 1.51)
75+261 (49.3)268 (50.7)1.00
IMD category*
Most affluent1189 (57.6)139 (42.4)1.00
2137 (45.2)166 (54.8)0.61 (0.44 to 0.83)
Most deprived3126 (48.5)134 (51.5)0.69 (0.50 to 0.96)
Time from diagnosis to death (months)
0–6 months113 (53.6)98 (46.4)1.16 (0.85 to 1.58)
6+months340 (49.9)341 (50.1)1.00
Underlying cause of death†
Haematological malignancy350 (58.1)252 (41.9)2.52 (1.89 to 3.37)
Other103 (35.5)187 (64.5)1.00
Patient lived alone‡
Yes138 (55.9)109 (44.1)1.33 (0.99 to 1.78)
No315 (48.8)330 (51.2)1.00
Hospital-based SPC referral§
Yes261 (81.8)58 (18.2)8.93 (6.40 to 12.46)
No192 (33.5)381 (66.5)1.00
  • Bold font indicates statistical significance.

  • *Index of Multiple Deprivation (income domain): one patient with missing data.

  • †Derived from death certificate data, Medical Research Information Service.

  • ‡No includes 24 where patient living circumstances were ‘unknown’.

  • §Specialist palliative care: ‘No’ includes 25 patients where SPC is ‘Unknown’.